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The series uses some production music, but the main themes and the bulk of the incidental music were composed by David Poore, Matt Winch and Andy Hamilton.

Primary music

  • The theme of Tales from the Green Valley starts off in a goosebumps-inducing, sombre flute solo, before quickly developing into a cheery tune with a breezy, optimistic melody. The outro arrangement of the theme in particular is a vigorous, dance-inducingly happy tune.
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  • Victorian Pharmacy's genuinely laid-back and gentle main theme.
  • Edwardian Farm's theme has a slow, somewhat melancholic build-up, then increasingly morphs into an energetic ditty (meant to represent busy work and tinkering), which is itself acoompanied by some haunting female vocals.
  • Wartime Farm's theme shows a somewhat similar approach to the Edwardian Farm intro, but it's a lot more dynamic right from the get-go and also has (fittingly) more of a martial tone.
  • The intro-and-outro theme for Secrets of the Castle with Ruth, Peter and Tom just oozes grandeur and majesty. Apt, given the topic covered in the show.

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Incidental and background music

  • One bit of incidental music used in Victorian Farm is one of four arrangements of "Morning Dew", composed by Paul Mottram. The string section was performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Matt Winch's (amusingly titled) "Potter meets Bond" and "Wilfred Pickings" have been used as incidental tracks on the shows set in the 19th and 20th century.
  • One of Andy Hamilton's contributions to the soundtrack. (Unfortunately, the theme is unnamed.)
  • Salisbury Plain, an arragement of a traditional song, appeared in at least a few episodes of Edwardian Farm.
  • One of the pieces of music composed and recorded specifically for Wartime Farm is Matt Winch's "The Cup Mute Swing".
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