Benjamin Britten wrote the score to Instruments of the Orchestra, which would become the concert work, Young Persons Guide to the Orchestra. The theme to the score was based on a hornpipe from Purcell’s Abdelzer. Britten commented to the producer, Basil Wright, that “I was never really worried that it was too sophisticated for kids – it is difficult to be that for the little blighters.”
The film was made with the London Symphony Orchestra/Malcolm Sargent. First shown 29 Nov 1946.
Source: Classic FM, April 2010, p.65.