Herne Hill Music Festival

OCT 2019
4th - 13th

Junior School Musical

St Saviour's Hall

Herne Hill Road
SE24 0AY



A new musical written by Paul Ayres, based on a story by Ruskin, and performed by the Year 5 class of St Saviour's School.

Full Price



John Ruskin

A musical inspired by Ruskin’s King of the Golden River

In John Ruskin’s bicentenary year, year 5 of St Saviour’s School give the premiere of a new musical written by Paul Ayres. Ruskin grew up a few miles away from the school, and played as a child on the banks of the now covered-over River Effra. He wrote a children’s story, The King of the Golden River, for Euphemia Chalmers Gray, known as “Effie”. This new work takes inspiration from the Grimm-like tale, with its moral echoes of The Good Samaritan, and celebrates how the local river – and water in general – can be something to be shared rather than owned.

Followed by refreshments - then a folk music show till 9.30

Paul Ayres

Paul Ayres

Paul Ayres studied music at Oxford University, and works freelance as a composer & arranger, choral conductor & musical director, and organist & accompanist. He has received over one hundred commissions, and his works have been awarded composition prizes across Europe, the UK, and the USA. Paul enjoys “re-composing” classical works (Purcell, Bach, Handel, Fauré) and “classicizing” pop music (jazz and show tunes, The Beatles, Happy Hardcore). Paul runs music education workshops for children, and plays piano for improvised comedy shows and musical theatre.


Sponsors of the Musical

This performance would not have been possible without the generous support of the Herne Hill Society, and the support of:

The Friends of the Carnegie Library, The Carnegie Library Association, the Herne Hill Forum, and many individuals.

John Ruskin
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