Episode 23 of Tale Waves – our storytelling podcast for younger children – is called “Opticus Owl Raises The Mighty Vesselonius” – from Farnham storyteller, Gilly Stewart.
It also features two teddy bears (Frankie and Captain Weed), Snazzerjack (and the wicked Sleezels), and Aliberti Albatross, and takes place in the fictional Tinglebourne Valley, where only animals are allowed to live – although it may be inspired by a village not a million miles away from Farnham in Surrey – perhaps you can guess where this magical place is?
Our story begins, with Frankie laying asleep in the ‘Uggle-Guggle‘…
“La Mer”,  ‘De l’aube a midi sur la mer’;  ‘Jeux de vagues’;  ‘Dialogue du vent et de la mer’; Composer, Debussy; Performer, US Air Force Band; via MusOpen, in Public Domain.
“Siegfried, WWV 86C – Funeral March, Finale (band arr.)”; Composer, Wagner; Performer, United States Marine Band; via MusOpen, in Public Domain.
“Bagatelle no. 25 “Fur Elise” (WoO 59)”; Composer, Beethoven; Performer, Anonymous; via MusOpen, in Public Domain.
Episode 22 of Tale Waves – our storytelling podcast for younger children – is called ‘Aria, The Operatic Nightingale‘, and is a tale full of musical, melodious magic.
It features a nightingale called ‘Diva’ who tells of the sad loss, and wonderful reunion with her beautiful daughter, ‘Aria’. The two of them now sing together all around the world.
“O Mio Babbino Caro” is composed by Giacomo Puccino, and is in the public domain. This particular recording was made exclusively for Sound Vault, played by Jonathan Covey, in St. Andrew’s Church, Farnham, Surrey. With thanks to Revd. David Uffindell for allowing us to use the piano.
“Ave Maria” D. 389, composed by Franz Schubert, performed by Bradley Chapman, via MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.
Rusalka, Op. 114 – ‘Song to the Moon’, composed by Antonin Dvorak, performed by Zaira Soria, via MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.
“Requiem Op. 48 – 7. In Paradisum”, composed by Gabriel Faure, performed by European Archive, via MusOpen, Public Domain.
“Ride of the Valkyries (Die Walkure) WWV 86B”, composed by Richard Wagner, performed by University of Chicago Orchestra, via MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
“Symphony No. 2 in Cm ‘Resurrection’ – V. Conclusion Quasi Allegro”, composed by Gustav Mahler, performed by European Archive, via MusOpen, Public Domain.
Episode 20 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story entitled “Sky Dancers“, and is told to our regular host Hetty by somebody called Starday Nite, once known as Alexander.
To mark the fact, Hetty has travelled all the way to the fictional, windswept location of Nordland, to capture the tale for her regular listeners – and to see the beautiful Northern Lights, dancing across the sky in all their beauty for herself.
All the names, characters locations, and incidents featured in this and all other stories featured in episodes of Tale Waves are from the imagination of Gilly Stewart, and are completely fictitious. No identification with actual persons (living or deceased), or places is intended, or should be inferred.
The Planets, Op. 32, II Venus, The Bringer of Peace, Composer, Gustav Holst, Performer, USAF Heritage of America Band, from MusOpen, Public Domain.
Siegfried Idyll, WMV 103, Composer, Richard Wagner, Performer, Steve’s Bedroom Band, from MusOpen, CC BY 3.0.
Prince Igor, Polovtsian Dances, Composer, Alexander Borodin, Performer, Davis High School Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, Public Domain.
Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16 – I – Allegro molto moderato, Composer, Edward Grieg, Performer, Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, from MusOpen, CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.
Meditation (Act III), Composer, Jules Massenet, Performers, Nicola Benedetti (violin) & Julien Quentin (piano), from IMSLP, CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 .
All other sound effects thanks to www.freesfx.co.uk
Episode 19 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called The Icicle Fairy Fountain, full of enchantment, adventure, naughty behaviour, wickedness, happiness, friendship, love, beautiful music, and lots of magical fairies who live on, and in an icicle fountain – but when the icicles melt, they disappear, as if they were never there!
The story is told in the studio by Daphne Crumble – the housekeeper to one of the main characters in the tale, Lily Lavender.
Special thanks to The Bush Hotel, Farnham (Surrey), for their help in providing inspiration for this story.
Episode 18 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story featuring a time-travelling King, set in Farnham, Surrey. It is entitled Meeting Charlie.
It is based on the true story of when King Charles I stayed overnight in Vernon House, in West Street, Farnham, en route to his execution in 1648.
In our story, when brother and sister Stanley and Rose visit Farnham’s library, adjacent to Vernon House, they are taken through a time vortex when they decide to go exploring, and end up meeting King Charles I.
While they introduce him to hip-hop music and they all enjoy a good dance together, the King introduces them to some of his finery – and leaves them with a white feather, and a poem through which they can remember their trip through the centuries.
“O Magnum Mysterium”, Composer, William Byrd, Performer, Ensemble Morales, via MusOpen, under CC BY 3.0
Episode 16 of Tale Waves from the mind of Gilly Stewart is a story called Tree Runners – a wonderful story of fantasy, unknown beings and enchantment, told to regular host Hetty Tale Waves by our guest storyteller, Daisy Serkel.
The story is set in a fantasy forest deep within the Sprinklebourne Valley, where you can find the two tallest trees in the world – and many fantastical characters.
Clair de Lune, composed by Claude-Achille Debussy, performed by PMG Projects, and available under Creative Commons/Public Domain.
Prelude a l’Apres Midi d’un Faune, composed by Claude-Achille Debussy, performed by Columbia University Orchestra, available from MusOpen (via CC PD 1.0).
La Boheme (Aria: Che Gelida Manina, Act1, No. 6), composed by Giacomo Puccini, performed by Jacques Potter, available via MusOpen (via CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).
Bullets and Bayonets, composed by John Philip Sousa, performed by the United States Marine Band, available via MusOpen (via CC PD 1.0)
La Mer (De l’Aube a Midi Sur la Mer), composed by Claude Debussy, performed by US Air Force Band, available from MusOpen (via CC PD 1.0).
Episode 14 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is the tale of ‘Hank The Plank‘.
Gilly Stewart’s podcast presenting creation, Hetty Tale Waves welcomes Sky McDonald into the studio to share a tale of bravery, fear, hope, and finally friendship for life, based in the Canadian Rocky Mountains with their breathtaking scenery.
Pavane, Op. 50 (flute ensemble arr.), composed by Gabriel Faure, performed by Steven David Tung, available by through CC BY-NC 3.0, via MusOpen.
Episode 13 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for younger children – is a story called “The Snow Sprite“.
Especially created to fill the gap between Christmas and New Year, this special story for the holidays is told to our regular host, Hetty Tale Waves, by Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and features a trip to the moon in the company of the Snow Sprite.
Tale Waves creator, Gilly Stewart – and everyone at Sound Vault hopes you had a Happy Christmas, and looks forward to a wonderful New Year.
“Tales from the Vienna Woods“, Op. 325, Composed by Johan Strauss Jr. Performer: European Archive. Via Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0) From MusOpen.
“Sleigh Ride“, Composed by Leroy Anderson. Performer: Markus Staab. Via Creative Commons (CC BY 3.0). From MusOpen.
“Hallelujah” from The Messiah, HMV 56. Composer: George Friedrich Handel. Performer: Orchestra Gli Armonici. Via Creative Commons (Public Domain Mark 1.0). From MusOpen.
All other sound effects from www.freesfx.co.uk. All used with thanks.
Episode 12 of Tale Waves – Sound Vault’s storytelling podcast for younger children – is a pre-Christmas tale called ‘The Little Snowflake‘.
The story is told for listeners by Mother Christmas.
As well as the story, there is a poem by Gilly Stewart, especially for this time of year, entitled “Waverley Abbey Winter Thoughts“.
Gilly and the team behind Tale Wave want to take this opportunity to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, and every best wish for a Happy New Year. We will be back for one further story before the end of the year.
Sound effects credits:-
Carol of the Bells: Composed by Mykola Leontovych, performed by Michel Rondeau, made available under Creative Commons Public Domain 1.0 via MusOpen.
Silent Night: Composed by Franz Xaver Gruber, performed by Elizabeth Spencer, Harry Anthony & James F. Harrison, made available under Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0 via MusOpen.
Concerto Grosso no.8, HMV 326 – III. Andante allegro: Composed by George Friedrich Handel, performed from the European Archive, made available under Creative Commons Public Domain Mark 1.0 via MusOpen.
All other sound effects via www.freesfx.co.uk – all with thanks!
Episode 10 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for young children – is a tale called “The Amazing Watchamacalit”
It is a story told by a fairy called Frinkle, about a day spent in The Flickering Forest with some of her woodland friends, which changed their lives, and helped them to become kinder and more thoughtful creatures.
The forest is full of mystery and wonder, so try to imagine this, as you listen to the tale told by Frinkle, aka Farnham storyteller Gilly Stewart.
Episode 8 of Tale Waves – the storytelling podcast for children – is a tale called “Shiver Me Timbers“.
The tale sees a motley crew of pirate characters set sail on the high seas, searching for treasure. In the end, we learn that goodness and honesty rises above wickedness and greed. It also tells of love and friendship, which in the end, is worth fighting, and hoping for.
Credit: Music – “College Hornpipe” – by Kildwyke (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Music – “A Sea Shanty” by Chad Andersong, [CC BY 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)] via https://soundcloud.com/chandersongs/the-sea-shanty
Credit: All other sound effects via www.freesfx.co.uk
Episode 5 of Tale Waves – the children’s storytelling podcast – is called The Brave Mweni. Set in Africa under the heat of the burning sun, it is a tale of courage, honour, love and finally success, through the strength and goodness of an honest heart.
In the story, a young girl called Mweni journeys to find water for her family and home village, facing dangers along the way,