Forsyth's publishing company was established in 1873 to publish the piano titles edited by Charles Hallé, founder of the Hallé orchestra in Manchester. Today we have a superb catalogue of 450 titles of sheet music, old and new, including the works of world famous children’s composer Walter Carroll, and one of the finest collections of contemporary recorder music anywhere in the world. We are also the United Kingdom’s main distributor of Music Minus One and Pocket Songs classical and popular backing track products.

Buying Our Music

Trade Enquiries: We aim to offer very competitive discounts and excellent service to music shops and other sheet music outlets stocking our titles. All enquiries should be directed to [email protected], or please call 0161 834 3281 ext. 216. Orders can also be faxed to 0161 834 0630

Public Enquiries:

All our publications can be purchased from our online shop or by contacting our Sheet Music Department on 0161 834 3281 ext. 603. or by emailing our sheet music department. Catalogues are also available on request.

Submitting Your Manuscript

We are always pleased to hear from composers and writers who would like their work considered for publication. Ideally music will be submitted in electronic format (e.g. Sibelius), while a recording (however basic) also helps to give us a better idea of your work. Categories we are particularly interested in include:

  • Original music for learners of all instruments, particularly pieces that would be suitable for the exam board syllabi.
  • New arrangements of classic pieces and out of copyright works.
  • Modern recorder music from beginner to advanced, and recorder arrangements of classics

As we are a small independent company with limited capacity to bring new works to the market please be prepared for long delays in responding to your submission, and the possibility of rejection, which is most often for reasons of time and budget rather than the quality of the music.

About Our Music

Piano Music

Forsyth publishes a wide range of piano pieces, tutors and studies for the learners at all stages, as well as superb piano arrangements of many great classical works in the Silhouette Series. We are most famous for Walter Carroll’s albums, including the seminal ‘Scenes At A Farm - 1st Lessons at the Piano’. He has been described as the Beatrix Potter of children’s piano music and his albums remain popular with learners and teachers across the globe even over 50 years after his death.

New Releases

FLJ04: Music Makers by Joan Last £4.95

This newly revised edition of Forsyth’s ever popular piano tutor now incorporates Book 2, Facts and Fancies, and features an improved layout introducing the Professor, who will conduct you through the lessons.

For many years a professor at the Royal Academy of Music, Joan Last was widely admired for her skill and vast experience in the teaching of young beginners and adults alike. The enduring success of Music Makers is down to its practical, down to earth approach to piano tuition. It is ideal for teachers with starter pupils, and also adult beginners who wish to learn by themselves.

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Popular Series

FCW01- FCW20: Walter Carroll Series

From the first edition of Scenes at a Farm in 1912, Walter Carroll’s work has been an essential accompaniment to the progress of the learner piano player. Using music, poetry and art in his albums, he continues to help players, in his own words “develop self expression and to cultivate, even this early, that sense of the beautiful without which there cannot be real interest or progress”.

The relevance of his music today is reflected in the recent listing of ‘The Reef’ from his album ‘In Southern Seas’ (pictured) on the new Associated Board Grade 4 syllabus, and his piece ‘May Day Dance’ from Scenes at Farm on the Trinity Guildhall Initial syllabus. For the adult player, we also publish his superbly melodic Piano Sonata, and arrangement of Corelli’s Gigue in A.

FSS01- FSS21: Silhouette Series

Superb albums for the intermediate standard piano player, each featuring arrangements of classics by one of the great composers. Brilliantly transcribed by Heller Nicholls and Cyril Dalmaine, these provide ideal teaching material, as well as being exceptionally useful for those wishing to explore the orchestral, vocal and piano music of leading composers on their own piano.

Composers featured: Bach, Beethoven, Bizet, Brahms, Chopin, Dvorak, Elgar, Grieg, Handel, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Mozart, Puccini, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, and Tchaikovsky, plus albums of great waltzes and great opera melodies.

FHC12 - 20: Graded Studies of the Masters Series

This series of studies will take the learner from grade 1 to diploma standard. Edited by Cuthbert Harris, each edition contains studies by some of the great masters of pianoforte technique, including Czerny, Chopin, Hummel, Lemoine, Heller, and Mayer.

The exercises will improve all aspects of the player’s ability, including finger control and ability, lightness and evenness of touch, strengthening of the fingers, phrasing, scales, independence of the hands, and style and interpretation.

FLJ15 - FLJ17: For You and Me Series

Forsyth publishes a number of excellent books of piano duets, including this series of delightful miniatures by Joan Last, the well known composer and professor at the Royal Academy of Music. Containing parts of equal difficulty, these are perfect for getting pupils playing together, and the series offers a stimulating challenge to players up to grade 4 standard.

Other Forsyth duet books we recommend are Leslie Fly’s ‘Trio of Duets’ and ‘Four in Hand’, Marjorie Nops’s ‘Twenty Fingers’, and the four book ‘Young Duettists’ series by Cuthbert Harris.

FCG02 - FCG04: Joys Forever Series

This three book series by George Coulter features easy and rewarding arrangements of well known tunes such as Greensleeves, The Bluebells of Scotland, Wagner’s Bridal March, and the theme from Sleeping Beauty by Wagner. With 60 pieces in each volume you will find a tune for every mood and occasion.

Recorder Music *brand new catalogue out now*

Forsyth publishes a world leading catalogue of modern recorder music, featuring works by leading contemporary composers such as William Alwyn, Peter Crossley-Holland, John Golland, Nicholas Marshall and Alan Bullard, and luminaries of the recorder world such as our series editor John Turner and Thomas Pitfield.

Among our best selling volumes are our ‘Recital Pieces’ and ‘Pieces For Solo Recorder’ series for the accompanied and unaccompanied recorder player respectively. The pieces in these editions, like many other of our recorder works, feature strongly on the Trinity, ABRSM, and London College of Music Exam syllabi.

New Releases

Ode to Mananan by Peter Crossley-Holland

for treble recorder and piano (or string orchestra and harp)

Ode to Mananan was written especially for the 26th Mananan International Festival of Music and the Arts. Cast in tonally modified sonata form, the work is inspired by some of the numerous folk traditions surrounding Mananan, and by some older Manx folk music little remembered today. The work also exists in a version for recorder, string orchestra and harp.

Code: FCH03 ISMN: 979-0-57050-349-0 Intermediate

Concertino by David Lyon

for treble recorder and piano (or string orchestra)

First performed by John Turner and the Northern Chamber Orchestra in 2000, the Concertino’s 3 movements are of classical construction, and designed to highlight the recorder’s decorative qualities. The two waltz-like tunes in the 2nd movement are taken from Lyon’s musical Albert’s Bridge, while Promenade is a set of variations on a theme which began life as a TV theme tune.

Code: FLD01 ISMN: 979-0-57050-350-6 Intermediate to Adv.

Saturday Soundtrack by Kevin Malone

for descant recorder and piano

An interactive piece for descant recorder and piano evoking the background music to an imaginary cartoon, complete with sound effects! Recorder player reads from the score, so two copies are suggested.

Code: FMK01 Advanced
Popular Titles

RECITAL PIECES VOL.1 for treble recorder with piano

  • Capriccio by Arnold Cooke
  • A Wayward Daisy by Robin Holloway
  • Reflections by Paul Spicer
  • Caprice by Christopher Brown

This volume contains four pieces by modern English composers for treble recorder and piano, fulfilling a long-felt need for short and self-contained recital pieces in the modern recorder repertoire. These pieces range in mood from the contemplative to the brilliant.

Code: FZZ05 ISMN: 979-0-57050-326-1 Intermediate to Advanced

Exam Syllabus: Trinity Grade 7, LCM Grade 8

PIECES FOR SOLO RECORDER VOLUME 4 for solo sopranino, descant, and treble recorder

  • Winter Landscape by Alan Bullard
  • Spring Morning With Birds by Nicholas Marshall
  • Summer Evening by Malcolm Lipkin
  • The Fall of the Leaf by Michael Ball
  • Korimako by Gillian Whitehead
  • Metamorphosis at Mullet Creek by D Lumsdaine
  • Flame Robin by Anthony Gilbert
  • Diew Irae by Dimitri Smirnov

A collection of 16 colourful miniatures, in diverse styles, inspired by the seasons, an aviary of antipodean birds, places in Wales and Greece, jazz and folk music. Including challenging works by Alan Bullard, Nicholas Marshall, Michael Ball, John Turner, John Golland, Timothy Moore, and many others. This is a superb resource for the advanced player looking to expand their repertoire.

Code: FZZ18 ISMN: 979-0-57050-337-7 Advanced

Exam Syllabus: Trinity Grade 7

HAT BOX by Alan Bullard

for descant doubling sopranino/treble/tenor recorder, and piano or guitar

Hat Box is a celebration of the town of Stockport, home to recorder virtuoso John Turner, to whom (with guitarist Neil Smith) this piece is dedicated. Stockport was formerly the centre of the hat-manufacturing industry, and gave its name to the hymn-tune ‘Stockport’ written by 18th century Stockport organist John Wainwright for the carol ‘Christians awake, salute the happy morn’. The eight hats depicted in this suite refer to phrases from Wainwright’s famous tune.

Code: FBA05 ISMN: 979-0-57050-007-9 Moderate to Advanced

Exam Syllabus: ABRSM Grades 6 + 8, Trinity Grades 4, 7 + 8, LCM Grades 5 to 8

NEW WORLD DANCES by John Golland

for descant and treble recorder with piano (or guitar)

A Joplinesque Ragtime and Latin-American Bossa Nova, both for descant, frame a lazy Blues on the treble. All 3 movements require an assured technique but are rewarding for both performers. The recorder part can be taken by a flute or other melody instrument, and the guitar part is published with an alternative version for harpsichord or piano.

Code: FGJ02 ISMN: 979-0-57050-114-4 Intermediate to Advanced

Exam Syllabus: Trinity Grades 5 + 8, LCM Grade 7

Seascapes by William Alwyn

for soprano voice, treble recorder and piano

William Alwyn was a prolific composer in all genres. His major works for the voice were composed during the latter part of his career, between 1965 and 1980, and include this song-cycle of four exquisite songs depicting various aspects of the sea from the mysterious to the majestic. The words are by the poet Michael Armstrong from Jersey where he derived much inspiration from the sea and the surrounding landscape.

Code: FAW01 ISMN: 979-0-57050-001-7 Intermediate

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