Created by Brenda and Robin Markwell in 1978, the Songs For Children brand has been bringing British made children’s music and stories to young ears for over 35 years. From its inception it created over 800 recordings, all produced by Robin Markwell under the Songs For Children Label at the Ivan Berg Studios, West Hampstead, London. In 1986 it became a registered limited company (Reg No 01983121) with its offices based in Norfolk, England.
The Songs For Children ethos was clear, to produce entertaining and enjoyable recordings which children would want to listen to time and time again and which would help them learn to count as well as the basics of simple spelling. This was achieved by using a combination of new songs, traditional nursery rhymes and stories together with simple instructions from the narrator. These exclusive and original arrangements were all registered as unique published works with the MCPS, PRS and have been used countless times over the years for radio and TV synchronisation.
Originally released on cassette and then compact disc the Songs For Children range sold over a million discs in the UK. With its extremely high production values and the precise enunciation and exacting English the brand became well-known for its quality and established itself as a trusted educational resource, for which it was awarded the Gold Award for Best Educational Toy by The Good Toy Guide. It was available from all good children’s retailers, which included The Early Learning Centre, ToysRus, Asda and Summerfield as well as traditional music retailers. The brand went on to be licensed globally enjoying sales worldwide.
In 2007 Songs for Children founder Robin Markwell passed away and in 2008 One Media iP Ltd acquired the exclusive master rights to this catalogue, bringing this well loved children’s collection to the digital market for the very first time, making them available on all the digital retailers which include iTunes, Amazon, Spotify through their distributor The Orchard.
Over 35 years since this original British collection first came to market it continues to prosper, being loved by generation after generation of children.
Licensing partners on physical product include Union Square, who were purchased by BMG in 2015.
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