The 2013 Event: absorb

In the Year of Natural Scotland, Perthshire Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) and RJ McConnell (sound designer) to create an outdoor experience that will set your imagination alight. 

With dazzling visuals and innovative design set against an original music score, including a new orchestral piece, explore the stunning autumn woodland setting of Faskally Wood near Pitlochry. Using the forest as a natural backdrop, you will experience a lighting show that is, quite simply, out of this world.

The Enchanted Forest is renowned to be Scotland's premier sound and light experience and attracted over 40,000 visitors in 2013.

The event celebrated its 10th Anniversary in 2012, sweeping the board at a number of prestigious award ceremonies including the coveted Event Management Grand Prix, alongside the awards for Best Cultural Event and a commendation for Best Large Event at the Scottish Event Awards in 2011, and taking home the Perthshire Chamber of Commerce Business Star Award for Event of the Year.

Absorb

What's in a name? Coming up with a name for each new show is always a challenge, but our creative team have been very clever this year...... without giving the game away completely, let's just say they want you all to become very absORBed in this year's show and that there might be something circular about the mini shows running all the way through the forest....... oooooh!  

A Map of Our 2013 Show

Hot off the press! We've managed to wrestle a copy of the show map from the creative team which gives us a wee idea of what you can expect to see as you move around the forest. There are eight main show areas around the forest this year.... once the details of each show has been revealed we'll be updating the site so watch this space....

The Enchanted Storytelling Yurt

Back due to popular demand, our storytelling yurt will be on site again this year with our two in house story tellers Claire and Lindsey enchanting the crowds with their wistful tales.

There's not enough room for everyone in the yurt, though, so to ensure fair pricing, everyone who wants to listen to an enchanting story will be charged a nominal entry fee of just £1. Access is on a first come, first serve basis.

Mulled Wine and Hot Chocolate

If you fancy eating your dinner in the great outdoors, or you're simply pushed for time, then you'll be delighted to hear that our master outdoor catering team return this year and will be cooking up a storm for visitors to the forest.

So whether it's mulled wine, hot chocolate, hot dogs or delicious Scottish beef burgers, they'll be sizzling and brewing it on site just for you. 

A Bit About the Sound

The 2013 show features a very special musical composition that has been specially written just for us. If you are impressed by the musical background to Prism, you might be interested in the team of maestros behind the magic. So, in the style of an old fashioned Hollywood movie here's the credits:

Composed by Jon Beales & RJ McConnell.

Arranged by Jon Beales.

Programming by RJ McConnell.

Additional brass arrangement by Stuart Watson.

Recording engineer - Marcin Buczek.

Recorded at Verden Studios, Portobello and at DM Audio, Musselburgh

Musicians:

Tuba - Stuart Watson

Soprano Saxophone - Steve Kettley

Alto Saxophone - Mike Butcher

Trumpet - Anthony Thompson

French Horn - Peter Francomb

Drums and Percussion - Paul Hameed

Flute - Jess Guise

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