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.
Premiering new poem-song ‘Epping’ written by Robert Macfarlane with new music by Oliver Weeks, a chorus of children, guest soloists, London Forest Choir and Tottenham Community Choir will sing to the grand giants of the forest. With works by John Clare and Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant; the story of children banned from playing in a beautiful garden owned by a giant. Without their presence, endless winter befalls the gardens – will it ever bloom again?
Sung from the canopies of mature trees, GIANT is the first in a series of ‘climbing concerts’; devised by Arts and Gardens to connect children and young people with arboriculture.
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 taster Climbing and Music Sessions in September.
Creative Producer: Arts and Gardens
Director: David Antrobus
New poem-song ‘Epping’ by Robert Macfarlane
Composer: Oliver Weeks
Music Director: Tom Appleton
Climbing logistics: Mark Hawes
Designer: Samantha Dowson
Soprano: Elenor Bowers-Jolley
Soprano: Sohini Alam
Children from Selwyn Primary School, Longshaw Primary School and St. Mary’s Catholic Primary School
London Forest Choir
Tottenham Community Choir
Ambitious, touching, mesmerizing, challenging. About time we have excellent work that’s produced just for children. – Ian Read, Hull Culture Capital
I learnt the name of the trees that we climbed and to trust the tree. – Samuella, singer, 9 years old
The most obscure thing I have seen all year; the children are brilliant. – William, audience
Commissioned for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019.
Supported by Arts Council England.
Commissioned for Waltham Forest London Borough of Culture 2019
Arts and Gardens is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.
Special thanks to neuronhub for filming GIANT’s R & D.