Sketches of a Better Time

Extraordinarily popular with children, especially to accompany activities such as rollerblading and skateboarding, these light musical classics are performed live by former circus musician and well known Sydney organist Peter Carroll-Held.

This new album release by Move Records employs state-of-the-art audio media content creation technologies that transport the listener to a virtual reconstruction of an early 1900's town hall pipe organ concert of upbeat theatrical music that is sure to entertain children of all ages.

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Peter Carroll-Held

Established as a leading Australian authority on electronic valve (tube) musical instruments and early electric/electronic music synthesis, Peter consults widely on the repair and restoration of such devices. He continues to perform as an organist - albeit now for tamer audiences than in his youth.

Press quotes

“"I commend to you a most novel and enjoyable disc from Australia..." and "The playing is accurate and the arrangements musical. The variation of registration is wide and gives an excellent impression of vintage Cinema Organ tone with shades of the great Victorian Town Hall instruments as well."”

— From the UK's "News South" record roundup (February-March 2009),

“... upbeat theatrical music that is sure to entertain children of all ages.”

The American Theatre Organ Society's ETONE Newsletter (January 2009)

Audio previews

Track Listing

1 Waratah Valsette P. Carroll-Held
Londonderry Air trad.
Come Back Paddy Reilly to Bally James Duff P. French
2 Song Without Words #30 F. Mendelssohn
3 La Golandrina N. Sepradelli
J'attendrai D. Oliveri
4 Dark Eyes A. Ferraris
Chicken Reel J. Daly
5 The Whistler and His Dog A. Pryor
6 Excerpts from Kismet A. Borodin
7 Overture: The Thieving Magpie G. Rossini
8 The March Hare P. Green
9 Country Gardens English folksong
Merrymakers Dance E. German
10 Amparita Roca J. Texidor
11 One Fine Day G. Puccini
Medley - Gilbert & Sullivan operettas N. Sullivan
Scaramouche F. Charrosin
12 Poet and Peasant Overture F. von Suppe
13 The March Hare (reprise) P. Green
14 La Danza G. Rossini
Medley: Scottish Folktunes trad.
15 Theme: Symphony No. 40 W. Mozart
16 Londonderry Air trad.
Country Gardens trad.
Medley: Scottish Folktunes trad.
17 Spanish Gypsy Dance P. Narro
18 Excerpts from Orpheus in the Underworld J. Offenbach

Where to buy

Sketches of a Better Time is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$25.00 AUD
Release date
© 2008 Peter Carroll-Held and R.A. Marschall
℗ 2008 Peter Carroll-Held and R.A. Marschall
Keyboard, Organ
Catalogue number
MCD 391
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574039122