E.G.G. is a short work for large orchestra based on the Heneghan & Lawson song Easter Egg. It is an attempt to compose a piece in the tradition of works such as Saint-Saëns' Danse Macabre, or Paul Dukas's The Sorcerer's Apprentice - the kind of colourful orchestral show-piece that typically might get programmed in a children's concert - particularly for Halloween.

I would be pleased to hear from anyone interested in giving the first performance of this piece. Perusal scores and demo CD available on request.

Duration: 6 mins

3 flutes (3 doubling piccolo), 2 oboes, cor anglais, clarinet in Eb, clarinet in Bb, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, contrabassoon.

4 horns, 3 trumpets, 2 trombones, bass trombone, tuba.

Timpani, 3 percussion players (glock, xylo, vibes, snare drum, bass drum, sus. cymbal, clash cymbal, wind chimes, agogo bell, claves) piano/celesta, harp,  strings


On a distant continent

My uncle likes to ramble

Till he found a giant egg

He didn’t want to scramble


Uncle couldn’t find this egg

In any wildlife manuals

So he packed it carefully

In polystyrene granules


Uncle finds an egg

Sends it home to me


Stand it on my mantelpiece and watch it growing firmer

When I put my ear beside it I can hear it murmur


Something starts to move

Something starts to swell

Something starts to move

Underneath the shell


Lying on my bed last night

I dreamt that nothing mattered

In the morning I woke up

To find the egg had shattered


Now my dog has gone

Vanished in the night

Where has Rover gone?

Hope that he’s all right