Sung from the canopies of trees.

Arts and Gardens presented new music inspired by Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant; the story of children banned from playing in a beautiful garden owned by a giant, only for him to find it becomes a permanent winter without their presence.

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

Composed by Hannah Conway and 11-year-old Alma Deutscher.

20-minute research and development performances took place in October 2016 at Alexandra Palace Park, directed by Peter Cant, with sound design by Finn McNicholas.

The next stage is to develop a full concert performance, sung by many more 8-12 year old children, alongside professional singers, from the low and high branches of mature plane, beech and oak trees.

You can help us realise the full performance project, involving many more children, by visiting our supporters page or getting in touch

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Arts and Gardens is supported by PRS for Music Foundation.


Special thanks to neuronhub for filming GIANT’s R & D.