CLYDE, the Horse is also available as a Softcover Book with Audio CD.   Purchase your copy today!  

Child Tested and Guaranteed!

The musical story of CLYDE, the Horse has been child-tested and is guaranteed to please children aged four to fifteen but will be enjoyed by all those who are young at heart! Your listeners will be completely captivated as they listen to the wonderfully original music and engaging narration!

CLYDE, the Horse is a fun-filled audience participation story that is accompanied by very descriptive music which complements the action and moods.   Many of the different instruments of the orchestra are highlighted in the music, especially the percussion section, and this gives the children an opportunity to learn about the orchestra.  And, if there are any young children (eight) that would like to play some very unusual instruments, then there are musical parts for them too!  Of course, the children need not have any previous musical experience (you can even get the unusual instruments from the composer).


The story of CLYDE, the Horse, was scored for narrator and Full Orchestra (double woodwinds, two French horns, two trumpets, two trombones, tuba, 8/8/6/6/4 strings, timpani and two percussionists)  OR  for Chamber Orchestra (single woodwinds, two French horns, a trumpet and trombone, 4/4/3/3/2 strings, timpani and two percussionists).  The work is twelve minutes in duration.

The conductor's score and narrator/instrumental parts are available for rental from the Canadian Music Centre, (416) 961-6601 or visit Feel free to request a perusal score from the composer, Yvonne Gillespie via email, or by phone (250) 701-3324.  The extra optional instruments for the children are also available from the composer.


Fun puzzle pages, delightful colouring pictures, and crafty word searches relating

to the story are available free of charge for publication in the performance program

or school educational package.

     About the Story

        Clyde was a horse, of course,                

        with a very tangled mane,                    

        Everywhere that Clyde went,               

        trouble was his game.

        Clyde set out one summer day,

        excited and on the run,

        He galloped to a Western Town

        looking for some fun!

There are many different places that Clyde visits during his adventure including the Blacksmith Shop, (he didn’t like the way the Blacksmiths were eyeing his hooves!), and the Bakery (where he accidentally eats a pie!).  Later, he almost gets eaten by rattlesnakes, and then is practically trampled by passengers disembarking from a train!  Whew!  His escape into a deserted hotel seems like a good idea, until he begins to imagine scary ghosts.

Hang on to those reins!  It is time to canter!

DURATION:  12 minutes

for Narrator and Orchestra

Music and Stories

by Yvonne Gillespie

Poetry by Peter Gillespie

A fun-filled presentation

for Dramatic Voice and Orchestra

for your Children’s Series!

Introducing . . . Clyde, a horse who can’t seem to keep out of trouble when he visits an old town out West.  There are so many interesting places to explore that Clyde can’t help but get into trouble!  But the listeners had better be paying attention, for Clyde is going to need their help to get back home at the end of his journey!