Travel into Epping Forest for an extraordinary theatrical concert, as oak trees are transformed and branches become the stage for a performance unlike any other.
Tickets are now on sale for climbing concert, GIANT, premiering a new tree song ‘Epping’ written by Robert Macfarlane with music by Oliver Weeks, within an hour-long programme of tree-inspired music and poetry that includes a reimagining of Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant, the classic short story about a giant banning children from playing in his garden, and works by Epping Forest poet John Clare, Benjamin Zephaniah, Grace Nichols and Handel
The two concerts will take place at Barn Hoppitt in Epping Forest on Friday 18 October and Saturday 19 October at 7.30pm, with the exact location provided on booking.
Developed by Arts and Gardens, climbing concerts aim to connect children with parks and forest environments in a creative way. The theatrical concert will feature guest soloists, supported by a chorus from the London Forest Choir and Tottenham Community Choir. Thirty-five children from Waltham Forest schools will accompany the choirs, including students from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, St Mary’s C of E Primary School, Selwyn Primary School and Longshaw Primary Academy School.
Robert Macfarlane, writer of Underland (2019) and The Lost Words (2017), will premiere his new tree song ‘Epping’ with music by British composer, Oliver Weeks, whose works include Cat Sticks (2019) and Rising Silence (2019).
GIANT will be composed by Oliver Weeks, directed by David Antrobus, designed by Samantha Dowson, with music direction by Tom Appleton and movement direction by Beatrice Perini
Sohini Alam and Elenor Bowers-Jolley will feature as guest sopranos, with music performed by Anisa Arslanagic, Ben Heartland and Oliver Weeks.
As part of the project, participants aged 8 years and older are invited to experience what it’s like to be the cast of GIANT and sing from the treetops at one hour taster Climbing and Music Sessions on Sunday 15 and Sunday 29 September. You can register now for a session.