Living Symphonies from Epping Forest

July 15th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Living Symphonies from Epping Forest

From the 20th of July to the 28th of July 2019 at The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge you can come and find out more about Living Symphonies from Epping Forest. Part of living in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford is the delight of having Epping Forest on your doorstep. But there is always more to engage with than the simple delights of the forest. 

Living Symphonies is part of The People’s Forest season and the Mayor of London’s National Park City Festival. It will be presented by Jones/Bulley, Luke Turner and Kirsteen McNish between 11 am - 8 pm at The View and Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, 6 Rangers Road, Chingford, London, E4 7QH and it is free, all you have to do it turn up. 

Living Symphonies is a musical composition/ installation that the artists say grows in the same way as a forest ecosystem. They have taken data stimulus from the species of flora and fauna that inhabit the landscape of the ancient Epping Forest. This data will create an ever-changing symphony heard from a network of speakers hidden throughout the woodland itself.

The installation is installed in a part of the forest where pollarded trees are the legacy of centuries in which the woodland was managed by local people from villages like Chigwell, Loughton and Woodford, creating a unique, biodiverse ecosystem. This ancient relationship will be reflected in Living Symphonies as local musicians represent each species of Epping Forest through a unique set of melodic and rhythmic motifs that portray their changing behaviour over the course of the day and night.  

If you normally walk through Epping Forest as part of living in Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford taking the time to walk through the depths of the forest as the sound of Living Symphonies begins to spring to life from the undergrowth and canopy around you might offer a completely new perspective.