Royal Academy of Music

This tall Christmas tree stands in the hallway of the Royal Academy of Music on Marylebone Road.  What kind of decorations would you expect to see in a conservatoire?  Musical notes?  Miniature oboes and cellos?  Or this, a spanner?!?

RAM spanner

And why is the star (a perfectly traditional topping for a tree) dangling from a crane?

Royal Academy of Music tree crane and star

It turns out that this is a themed tree, and the theme is a character from a popular children’s animation show – Bob the Builder.

RAM Bob the Builder

It’s fine for the music students to have fun with their tree, and celebrate their inner Bob.  He’s quite an inspirational character, always fixing things.

But this is the place where the musicians, conductors and composers of the future learn their trade.  I have a terrible premonition of one line of melody permeating every new symphony or oratorio written in the next twenty years.  Orchestras all over the country could be playing variations on Bob’s theme-song “Can he Fix it? Yes he Can!”.

Click here for a 30 second Youtube clip of Bob the Builder’s song (but beware, it’s hard to get the tune out of your head).

For another view of the tree, click here for the Facebook page of the Royal Academy of Music.



7 Comments Add yours

  1. Andrew says:

    I think it would be better if they used Rag Tag and Bobtail. 😁

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    1. Karolyn Cooper says:

      Were they in black and white? Not so festive. I suggest instead my generation’s colour TV favourites The Clangers or Bagpuss.

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      1. Andrew says:

        The Clangers. Yes, very festive with the Iron Turkey.

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  2. adspark says:

    Ahhh, my son loved Bob the Builder when he was younger!


  3. Kim in Fiji says:

    Delightful. And next to the wrench (spanner) in the first photo is an ornament shaped like a plumb bob. Fun! I never heard of this show before, so I listened to the theme song – thank you for the link. Yep – it’s rattling around in my head now!

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