The Morning We Were Shepherds

Picture book and concert

Den morgen vi var hyrderKan you publish a book with and about baroque music for children?

We have tried! So here is a picture book told by Tea Bendix and Poul Høxbro, designed by Tea Bendix and with an embedded CD with French and English Baroque music performed by Concerto Copenhagen, led by Poul Høxbro and Lars Ulrik Mortensen. The book is published in collaboration with Forlaget Carlsen in connection with Concerto Copenhagen's 25th anniversary 2016.

See a read-through here...
See the full press release about the book here (PDF)...

The book is for sale or can be ordered from the country's bookstores. It can also be purchased at most of Concerto Copenhagen concerts. The book can also be ordered from Concerto Copenhagen while stocks last. Price: 200 kr. + postage. Write to

See video interviews and reviews of the book further down the page!

And it is also a concert!

During the concert Poul Høxbro tells the story of the book in a free and vivid way while playing pibe and tabor together with an ensemble of musicians from Concerto Copenhagen. The book's illustrations and a lot of extra material are projected on the big screen. The children are given time to ask questions, and more.

Target audience: age 5-8 years
Duration: 35-45 minutes
The concert works for groups from 1-2 school classes at a time.
You will need a relatively powerful LCD projector and a screen, which require some blackout.
Price: As agreed, can be arranged best in cooperation with a library, cultural center or similar, which will be responsible for the majority of the economy.
Please contact Kirstine Skov Hansen på tlf. 4212 6843 or mail for more info.

Children have said about the CONCERT

"I really liked the concert and the visuals were really nice made. I wish they could come and play good night songs for me every day."
"They were really good at playing and in a very creative way. For how many days have they been practising?"
"They played well and he (Poul Høxbro) was good at telling the story in an understandable way."
"The concert was really great! They made some quite nice sounds of the instruments. There was a lot of people attending the concert who liked the music and we had a nice time."


Engaging Childrens Book

»Engaging children's book. [...] The music which nicely counterpoints the story is composed by the Frenchmen Jean Baptiste Lully and Jacques Aubert, and one also has the pleasure to listen a suite of selected movements from The English Dancing Master [...]«
​4 out of 6 stars

Peter Dürrfeld
Kristeligt Dagblad, 12/8 2016
See original review…

A Delight For the Eye

»Den morgen vi var hyrder by Tea Bendix and Poul Høxbro is a delight for the eyes and ears – a beautiful, beautiful children’s book with a fine and charming story taking place somewhere in the middle of the Baroque period.«
6 of 6 stars
About the picture book "Den morgen vi var hyrder"

Pia Dalsgaard
Børnenes bøger, 14/6 2016

A Musical Adventure

»I was caught by the incredible ability of author Tea Bendix to take possession of the stage and create a poetic univers.«
About the picture book "Den morgen vi var hyrder"

Gabriella Meinert-Medici
Optakt, 21. juni 2016

Delicate, Beautiful and Unusual Picture Book

»This picture book with accompanying CD with Baroque music is unlike any other picture books I know of. Delicate, beautiful and unusual picture book.« (Statement for Danish libraries).
About the picture book "Den morgen vi var hyrder"

Torben Wilhelmsen
Lektørudtalelse til bibliotekerne, juni 2016

The best children's books: June

"At the same time it is a book that teaches kids about a historical and musical period (Baroque) that otherwise do not get much attention. I hope that Forlaget Carlsen and other publishing houses will tackle to publish more children's books - of such high standars - about other historical and musical periods. The book is without a doubt the best book of the month."
Om billedbogen "Den morgen vi var hyrder"

Pia Dalsgaard
Børnenes Bøger, 6. juli 2016

Fête champêtre for children

»I'm almost a little mad at Carlsen – and almost also on Tea Bendix and Poul Høxbro – for serving something so crazy and cool as Baroque music and pastoral poetry for kids as boring as a picture book on the usual 32 pages in a usual A4-format and with a lame school book icon on the front page, which pictures a CD with the information 'Inlaid CD with music recorded by Concerto Copenhagen'.
Why not: 'Wow, we actually hired Scandinavia's leading Baroque Orchestra to play a concert for you with viola da gamba, oboe, bassoon and baroque guitar! Hurry online and see Poul play on pipe and tabor at the same time!'«

Kamilla Löfström
Information, 24/9 2016
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The morning we all became shepherds

»You may think that it is courageous to embrace so much in a single book. It is not easy to get children interested in listening to Baroque music [...] The reason this book succeeds is because it is the best quality. Author, illustrator and orchestra are among the very best.«


Bjarne W. Andresen, 1/4 2017