Songs from Winnie the Pooh with Alexander Armstrong (1989)


Bring the family to an afternoon concert of Winnie the Pooh songs performed by Alexander Armstrong (1989) baritone, and Rachel Marshall neé Shannon (1989) soprano, with pianists John York and John Kember.

These charming pieces, rarely performed, are the work of the composer, Harold Fraser-Simson, who knew A.A.Milne well as both a neighbour in Chelsea and as members of the Garrick Club in London. Like the verses and the illustrations by E.H. Shepard, the songs were an immediate success, with 67 published between 1924-1928.

The best known, ‘Buckingham Palace’, ‘Halfway down the stairs’, and ‘Vespers’ will all be included in the programme, as well as a selection of other songs and verses.

This event has been put together with families in mind, and, after the short concert, there will be light refreshments in the Ante-Chapel.

We are very grateful to the artists for giving their time and talent, so please do join us for what promises to be a fun and memorable afternoon.

Tickets are free for children under 5, £5 for children between 5-17, and £15 for alumni.




Alexander Armstrong (1989) is a successful comedian, actor, writer and television presenter. He read English at Cambridge and was a choral scholar at Trinity. Alexander is best-known as half of the comedy duo Armstrong and Miller who starred in four series of The Armstrong and Miller Show. He has hosted the BBC series Have I Got News For You more than 20 times and has co-presented the hugely popular TV quiz show Pointless, alongside Richard Osman (a fellow Trinity alumnus) since 2009. In 2015, his fourth and fifth books were published: , The A – Z of Pointless (co-authored with Richard Osman),  and Land of the Midnight Sun, in which Alexander documented the adventures had during his two-month trip to the Arctic for ITV. In addition to this, 2015 saw Alexander release a classical album, A Year of Songs which topped the Classical Music charts.In November 2016, he released his second album, Upon a Different Shore. (Photographer: David Scheinmann.)

Rachel Marshall neé Shannon (1989) was a contemporary of Alexander’s in the choir at Trinity, where she read Music. Rachel enjoys a varied career as teacher and singer and has performed with many of the leading vocal ensembles in the UK. With the company New Chamber Opera she specialises in Classical opera.


2:30 pm


2:45 pm

'Singalong Workshop' for the concert

3:00 pm


3:45 pm


5:00 pm