Iain Farrington

Pianist, organist, composer, arranger

A Shipshape Shindig for Chamber Orchestra


A Shipshape Shindig is a short series of variations on the well-known melody ‘The Sailor’s Hornpipe’. The music is witty, surprising, virtuosic and fun, with unpredictable harmonies and occasional jazz influences. Unlike the famous Henry Wood arrangement, the Hornpipe theme is played at a fast tempo throughout, with rough energy and abandon.  


Duration: 2 mins


Listen to a performance here


Instrumentation: piccolo, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets, percussion (timpani, xylophone, tambourine, whip, snare drum, triangle), strings


First performed 22nd July 2017 by Royal Northern Sinfonia, Nicholas McGegan (conductor) at BBC Proms, Stage@The Dock, Hull.


The Times review: “…Under Nicholas McGegan, the Royal Northern Sinfonia played with irresistible spirit, and a boisterous crowd cheered everything. Nothing entertained more than the scintillating encore: Iain Farrington’s A Shipshape Shindig, an off-kilter take on The Sailor’s Hornpipe that should go straight into the Last Night of the Proms.”


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