Christopher Robin Milne – 'Now We Are Six'

Produced as part of Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic

Ran from 9 December 2017 to 8 April 2018

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In these early recordings, made in 1929, a very young Christopher Milne sings and recites poems from 'Now We Are Six', written by his father, A.A. Milne, with music composed by Harold Fraser-Simson. Harold Fraser-Simson was a neighbour of the Milne family in Chelsea and composed the music originally for his own family's entertainment.

My mother was the family’s reader. And when it was my turn to make a gramophone record it was on her that I modelled myself.

My pieces were from the poems, three of them were sung, one was recited. Fraser-Simson, who had written the music, was going to accompany me on the piano; and his wife, Cicely, being a singer, would help me make the best of what voice I then had. For I was only about 7 years old at the time.

Extract from Christopher Milne's autobiography 'The Enchanted Places' (London: Methuen, 1974)

Side one: Down by the Pond & The Engineer

Side two: The Friend & Us Two