The 2014 Event: elemental
In the Year of Homecoming, Perthshire Big Tree Country’s multi-award winning show fuses the creative talents of Kate Bonney and Simon Hayes (lighting designers) with RJ McConnell and Jon Beales (sound designers) 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 has swept the board in recent years 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.
What's in a name? Coming up with a name for each new show is always a challenge, but our creative team wanted to get back to nature this year and, in true Enchanted Forest style, ensure you enjoyed the elements! Normally the weather is a (valued), unpredictable aspect of the show - this year we're bringing in some elemental effects that will truly amaze you.
Thanks to the generosity of Event Scotland, this year's show will feature a troupe of aerial artists from All or Nothing who will perform amid the tree tops. Be prepared to be impressed with their gravity defying antics, and dare devil act.
The Enchanted Storytelling Yurt
Back due to popular demand, our storytelling yurt will be on site again for 2014 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 large group of talented people have made this year's Enchanted Forest come to life with their design, technical wizardry, musical compositions and performances.
Our lead creative team (from left to right) is RJ McConnell (sound), Derek Allan (creative director), Jon Beales (sound), Simon Hayes (lighting) and Kate Bonney (lighting).
In true Hollywood style, we would also like to thank:
- NL Productions (lead production company)
- All or Nothing (aerial artistes)
- Pitlochry Festival Theatre
- Joanna Shaw (flute & piccolo)
- Mike Butcher (soprano, alto & tenor saxophones)
- Andrew Connell-Smith (trumpet) and Christopher Mansfield (trombone) of Pure Brass purebrassquintet.co.uk
- Martin Murphy (french horn)
- Stuart Watson (tuba & accordion)
- Paul Hameed (drums & percussion)
- Pauline Knowles (mezzo-soprano)
- Robin Mason ('cello)
- Lawrence Stromski (programming)
- Joshua Payne (additional programming)
- Fraser de Banzie (additional programming)
- Alan Forsyth (additional programming)
- Marcin Buczek (site design, recording engineer & additional programming)
- Thanks also go to: Jonee at Verden studios verdenstudios.co.uk
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