In autumn, Arts and Gardens presented a climbing concert in Epping Forest, where oak trees were transformed and branches became the stage for a performance unlike any other.

Premiering new tree song Epping by Robert Macfarlane with music composed by Oliver Weeks.  A chorus of children, guest soloists, London Forest Choir and Tottenham Community Choir sang to the grand giants of the forest, with works by John Clare, Grace Nichols, Benjamin Zephaniah and Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant.

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.  Stay tuned for climbing concerts in October 2020 in Alexandra Palace Park.





Years, Bartholomäus Traubeck

Trees, Pulp

‘The Selfish Giant’, Oscar Wilde

Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Jimmy Kennedy (words) / John Walter (music)

Epping, Robert Macfarlane (words) / Oliver Weeks (music)

Acorn, Robert Macfarlane (words) / Oliver Weeks (music)

‘Hurricane Hits England’, Grace Nichols

 Autumn, John Clare (words) / Oliver Weeks (music)

Chainsaw Song, Molly Hunt and David Antrobus (words) / Oliver Weeks (music)

Trees Please, Benjamin Zephaniah (words) / Sohini Alam & Oliver Weeks (music)

Ombra Mai Fu, from ‘Serse’, Nicolò Minato (words) / George Frideric Handel (music)

Autumn Leaves, Jacques Prévert (French) & Johnny Mercer (English) / Joseph Kosma (music)

Oak and Ash and Thorn, Rudyard Kipling (words) / Peter Bellamy (music)

Ono Shomoy, Moushumi Bhowmik