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Hat Box for Recorder and Piano

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From the Publisher

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.

Difficulty guide: 5-7
Difficulty level, roughly compared to ABRSM exam grades. 0 is total beginner, 9 is advanced (beyond grade 8).

Approved Exam Music

Recommended for the following exam grade(s):

ABRSM ABRSM Descant Recorder (from 2022)
Grades: 5
Trinity College London Trinity College London Descant Recorder (from 2023)
Grades: 4, 7, 8
ABRSM ABRSM Treble Recorder (from 2022)
Grades: 6, 7, 8


  1. Top Hat Quadrille (descant)
  2. Breton Beret - valse melancolique (treble)
  3. Mexican Hat Dance (descant)
  4. Smokey Stetson Shuffle (tenor)
  5. Deerstalker's Jig (descant)
  6. Baseball Cap Stomp (descant)
  7. Best Bonnet Waltz (descant)
  8. Cloth Cap Galop (treble & sopranino)

Item Details


  • Part 1: Descant Recorder
  • Part 2: Piano or Guitar
Category: Descant Recorder Repertoire
Publisher: Forsyth Bros
Publisher's reference: FBA05
Our Stock Code: 1101737
Media Type: Paperback

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