From 1990 - 2002 I worked as a professional musician touring primary schools throughout England with 'The Tollhouse Company'.
Based in Cambridgeshire the company was set up by three people: myself, Barbara Griffiths and John Crowe.
As a touring musical theatre company we worked in schools presenting history based musical shows for 4 - 11 year olds using folk based music and song.
The Tollhouse Company toured primary schools throughout the UK from 1990 until 2002.
Conceived by Roy Griffiths (me), Barbara Griffiths and John Crowe the history based shows were designed to tie in with the national curriculum KS1 and KS2.
The shows were usually performed to the whole school. Every song was a chorus song to encourage joining in and volunteers were asked to come onto the stage area and assist with demonstrations at the same time. Each show was designed to last one hour.
During that time we produced three CD's together with accompanying A4 sized books:
Horses, Housemaids and Hard Old Times (Victorian Life Through Song)
The full tracks from the CD plus the accompanying book in pdf format.
Seasons For Sale (A Musical Journey Through the Year)
All the full tracks from the CD plus the accompanying book in pdf format
From Where We Are Today (A look back along a thousand-year river of time)
The full tracks from the CD plus the accompanying book in pdf format
The Company also had an on-going policy of providing musical theatre for adults.
We produced a double CD of our first show:
Between the Flat Land and the Sky (A Fenman's life in song and narrative)
The full tracks from the double CD
Before 'The Tollhouse Company' the three of us sang together as 'Witcham Toll'.
In 1988 we released this album of songs in cassette format:
The full tracks from the original cassette transferred to digital.