A very popular set of pieces by Alan Bullard for descant doubling sopranino/treble/tenor recorder, and piano or guitar. Set on Grades 6 , 7 & 8 of the ABRSM Treble Recorder exams 2022-25; and on the ABRSM Grade 5 for Descant Recorder (2022-25)
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 Wainwrights famous tune.
Hat Box can be heard on the album Hat Box by the Turner-Smith Duo. Click title of piece to listen via Spotify, or listen to the whole album here.