Massed perennials on tiered staging evoke the choir in exuberant performance, bringing together a host of individuals combined in beautiful harmony.
In the garden, as in music, harmony is created by a combination of elements.
Here, striking Phormiums around the piano – table contrast with the softer forms of the main display. The structure of the garden is symmetrical, but with variations. Informal grasses amongst the flagstones echo the formal planting of the Living Wall. A rich tapestry of colour and texture engages the senses.
The Living Wall acts as a dramatic backdrop, while in the foreground a water feature captures the magical atmosphere and sparkle of the choir.
The open Handbag Gate invites the audience to shaer in the delight that is A Handbag of Harmonies.
The choir was formed in 2000 by young mum Claire Smith and composer and musical director Matt Baker. The choir received a small set-up grant and their first performance was in a friend’s garden.
Since then, the choir, with trademark pink feather boas and sparkly handbags, has entertained up and down the country and abroad. In 2008 the singers appeared on the BBC talent show Last Choir Standing and were the only women’s choir to make the top 15 out of thousands of original entries.
A Handbag of Harmonies sing classics from the 20th and 21st centuries including hits from the Mamas and the Papas, Judy Garland, Take That and Britney Spears. With saxophones and percussion, choregraphy and pizazz they create a party wherever they go.
Acer negundo Flamingo
Agapanthus White Heaven
Astelia chathamica Silver Spear
Astilbe Peach Blossom
Carex Frosted Curls
Dianthus Whatfield Can-Can
Diascia Ruby Field
Erigeron karvinskianus Profusion
Gypsophila Pacific Pink
Lythrum Rosy Gem
Ophiopogon planiscapus Nigrescens
Persicaria Darjeeling Red
Sedum Vera Jameson