What if a garden could make music? The Planted Symphony interactive audio trail invites you into a world of sound, songs and stories. Listen as you explore Highams Park and discover installations hidden along the way.
What if a garden could make music?
Planted Symphony is a new way to experience music in nature. It is an interactive audio trail where melody, installations and stories take you on a journey and bring the gardens to life. Download the app and listen as geolocation technology triggers sounds and songs. Experience music surrounded by nature and keep your eyes peeled for the intriguing installations hidden around. Planted Symphony tells the tale of Lagether, a herbalist who calls upon the natural world to help her heal, grow and be transformed. Using headphones and your senses you meet her through spoken word and song lyrics, flowers and foliage. As you move around, the music explores the magic and mystery of nature – at one moment wind and whispers, the next, full pomp and glory.
The project is created by Drake Music, supported by Arts Council England, Sonos and Foyle Foundation. Planted Symphony features exciting new work made by disabled and non-disabled musicians, poets, storytellers and artists working together.
The score was sketched by Disabled composer Lucy Hale and has been developed and arranged by Cassandra Gurling. Dave Young wrote the story and lyrics and Jon Van Beek created the installations.
Before you set off, download the Planted Symphony app on your phone or tablet (iOS and Android) and bring your headphones.
The experience lasts between 20-30 minutes and is suitable for adults and families with older children. The app is accessible and includes BSL videos and embedded audio descriptions. The trails are wheelchair accessible on hard paths. There will be places to stop and rest along the trail and you can take it at your own pace.
Planted Symphony, the audio trail, features:
Composer: Lucy Hale
Musical Director: Ben Sellers
Composer/Arranger: Cassandra Gurling
Cello: Georgina Aasgaard*
Vocals: Miryam Solomon
MiMu Gloves: Kris Halpin
Clarinets: Sonia Allori
Marimba: Jenni Parkinson
Narrative and Lyrics: Dave Young
Experience Director/Narrator: Nickie Miles Wildin
Production Design: Jon Van Beek
Music Production/ Mix Engineer: Alex O’Donovan
Producer: Amy Sibley-Allen
Production Manager: Crin Claxton
Executive Producer: Tim Yates
Illustrations: Kim Thompson