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Fairy Tales

Simon Pegg, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Conti, Clive Owen

Alexander Taylor, Matthew Trusler,
Martin Roscoe, Maya Koch

Catalogue Number: ORC100030

Release Date: June 2013 - REMASTERED 2023

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* Stars of Mission Impossible & Oppenheimer celebrate 10 year anniversary of children’s album
* Fairy Tales has been streamed more than 2 million times on Spotify
* Now available as an Apple Digital Master for the first time

Originally released in June of 2013, Fairy Tales was created to raise money for the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation, a charity started by Orchid’s founder Matthew Trusler to raise money for very sick babies and children. The album starred four of the biggest names in film, each reading two of the greatest children’s poems which were then accompanied by music including The Swan, Danse Macabre and Chopin’s ‘Minute Waltz’.

The album has since surpassed 2 million streams, and continues to raise money for the charity with every listen.

CINDERELLA (Roald Dahl) read by Tom Conti
Cinderella Suite (Sergey Prokofiev arr. Fichtenholz)

THE JABBERWOCKY (Lewis Carroll) read by Clive Owen
Danse macabre (Camille Saint-Saëns)

Puck (Edvard Grieg)
SILLY OLD BABOON (Spike Milligan) read by Simon Pegg
Minute Waltz (Frédéric Chopin)

THE DUCK AND THE KANGAROO (Edward Lear) read by Kenneth Branagh
Five Pieces (Dmitry Shostakovich)

THE MIRROR (A. A. Milne) read by Tom Conti
The Swan (Camille Saint-Saëns)

JUMBO JET (Spike Milligan) read by Simon Pegg
Circus-Polka for a young elephant (Igor Stravinsky arr. Dushkin)

THE PIG (Roald Dahl) read by Tom Conti
Children’s Corner (Claude Debussy)

IN THE DARK (A. A. Milne) read by Clive Owen
Nocturne (Frédéric Chopin)

Matthew Trusler, violin
Maya Koch, violin
Martin Roscoe, piano
Alexander Taylor, piano



Not one, but FOUR illustrious actors – Kenneth Branagh, Tom Conti, Simon Pegg and Clive Owen – have donated their services for a disc featuring some of our best-loved children’s poetry together with wonderful and fun pieces of classical music, in aid of the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation.

Also performing on the album are some of our favourite musical stars: Matthew Trusler, Martin Roscoe, Maya Koch and Alexander Taylor. The disc promises to be a real highlight of 2013 for all fans of children’s literature.

“This really is a lovely project, and I couldn’t be happier to be involved. I hope everyone will buy this album for all the children they know, and support the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation with their efforts to help very ill babies.” 

(Clive Owen, actor)

The project was devised by musicians Matthew Trusler and Maya Koch in order to raise funds for the charity they started in memory of their late son, Lenny. The violinists have collaborated with a range of performers in recent years, raising funds through musical projects: in 2010 the Lenny Trusler Children’s Foundation hosted a gala event in London featuring over twenty artists; including comedian Michael McIntyre, Tom Conti and the Belcea Quartet.

“This album has been five years in the making and is by far the most personal project I’ve ever been involved in, and that which I am the most proud of. It has been put together purely out of a wish to make the most beautiful album we could for children and their parents to listen to over and over again. I’m so excited that we have persuaded such huge names from the worlds of movies and music to take part in this, and I hope that anyone who hears it will feel the amount of love that has gone into making it from all those who took part.”

(Matthew Trusler, violinist)

The recording features some of the greatest and most memorable of children’s literature: including works by Roald Dahl, Edward Lear, Lewis Carroll, Spike Milligan and AA Milne. New musical recordings will also feature, such as the Cinderella Suite by Prokofiev, Children’s Corner by Debussy, Danse Macabre and The Swan by Saint-Saëns – music that will be loved by children and adults alike.

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