Fergal is Fuming!

A free online concert for under 5s (Early Years Foundation Stage)

We are delighted to present an online musical reimagining of Robert Starling’s much-loved children’s book, Fergal is Fuming! Devised by Vanessa King with original music by Robin Haigh.

A dragon with a short temper is not a good combination, as Fergal's family and friends soon find out. He burns the dinner (literally), reduces the football goal to ashes and absolutely cannot play a nice, quiet board game. It is only when he starts to notice other animals have clever tricks to calm down that Fergal begins to win back his friends, especially when he discovers dragons can cool off in a very handy way.

You can purchase a copy of Fergal is Fuming! here.

We have also created an activity pack to accompany this online performance. Download it here.


Hello Song
Vanessa King Fergal is Fuming!
Belle Mama
Mozart Haffner Rondo
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No 1, ‘In the Hall of the Mountain King’
Mahler Symphony No 1, 3rd movement
J.A Greenwood The Acrobat 
Robin Haigh Introduction to Fergal!
Robin Haigh Fergal’s Anger
Vanessa King arr. Robin Haigh Fergal is Fuming!
Al Rinker arr. Robin Haigh Ev'rybody Wants to Be a Cat from the Aristocats
Paganini Cantabile 
Grieg Peer Gynt Suite No 1, ‘Morning Mood’
Grieg arr. Jim Maynard Holberg Suite


Naoko Keatley violin
Eve-Marie Caravassilis cello
Chi-Yu Mo clarinet
Jim Maynard trombone
Sam Walton percussion

Robert Starling author and illustrator
Robin Haigh composer
Vanessa King creative director

LSO Early Years is generously supported by the John Thaw Foundation and the Chartered Accountants' Livery Charity

Fergal is Fuming! © Robert Starling 2021, first published by Andersen Press 2017

The LSO’s online reimagining of Fergal is Fuming! was created during the Spring 2021 lockdown.

We hope you enjoy the performance. After watching, if you have five minutes, we would really appreciate your feedback: https://uk.culturecounts.cc/s/3Wwr3Q