Just finished two amazing days of sessions with Eltham East Primary School Choir recording “The Man Who Planted Trees” – a new work by Nicholas Buc that is the latest work to be commissioned by the choir with the assistance of a Cultural Development Grant from Nillumbik Shire Council.

The story of “The Man Who Planted Trees” was originally published by Jean Giono – a French author – in 1953. In 2010, during a series of writing and artistic workshops with the composer, the pupils of Eltham East Primary school inspired the reworking of the original story into a libretto and a series of artworks to produce a unique piece of musical theatre.

The piece is written for Soprano, Alto, Piano, Violin, Flute, ‘Cello and narrator.

During the sessions we also took the opportunity to record the new school song “Purple and Gold” which has – with a bit of additional backing instrumentation – has already found its way onto the EEPS website!