Daphne: Archway Melodies was born out of my need for music and musicals as a classroom music teacher in London, England. We would put on two musicals a year and I found it hard to find musicals that:
Fitted my age group,
Had enough songs with great, easy to learn music
Didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
So... Tony and I wrote our own musicals. Some of the ideas came from my headteacher, Nina Achenbach, and some from our own heads...
Tony: When Daphne secured the music teacher position, I had to listen to the music that was available to her. I thought “I can do that!” and so started to write for children. It was a new experience and I learnt a great deal about writing for children, creating music that was easy to learn and yet not over-simple.
Daphne: I was teaching class recorder to Year 5 students and had three students that were ahead of the rest and I wanted to give them a challenge. I asked Tony to write a simple trio for them, which he did right away! However... I had to tell him that it was too hard for them. Tony: It happens... Daphne: So he wrote five more movements, starting with something very simple and then adding new notes and techniques in each subsequent movement. This was "Images"...
Tony: Writing the trio was fun. It was simple music but with lots of musicality. I went on to write duets and solo pieces, each set of music being fun, a bit challenging and musically pleasing.