Stan and Mabel is fantastic picture book, written and illustrated by Jason Chapman and published by Templar.
In 2013, Paul was commissioned by Music in the Round to set this zany story to music for Ensemble 360 and narrator Polly Ives. The original 11-piece chamber version has been performed to thousands of children throughout the UK, including sell-out performances at London’s Wigmore Hall.
Stan and Mabel is a highly interactive, 25-minute work for young audiences and their families. It was originally scored for wind quintet, string quintet, piano and narrator. In 2015 Paul was jointly commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony and London Philharmonic to create a new symphonic version of Stan and Mabel for full orchestra.
Here is a video about Ensemble 360's performances of Stan and Mabel: