Commissioned by Longman

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  • open instrumentation: rec/3 tuned+untuned perc

Programme Note

Two children in the garden are wrecking webs and
castigating caterpillars. The spiders trap the children with
webs. Before releasing them, they force the children to
see the wonder of nature and admit that only when they
recognise others’ right to exist will the problems of the
earth be solved.


The Spiders' Revenge is a short music-theatre work (duration about 25 minutes) designed for performance by primary school children. The work was written for Evie Primary School, a small rural school in Orkney of about 60 pupils between the ages of five and eleven, and was specially devised to enhance an environmental studies project on 'mini-beasts'. All the pupils in the school took part in the first performance.