Susan Elizabeth Hale-Songkeeper

Songkeeper, Pathfinder, Dreamweaver

Sing for the Trees 2016 in Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France

In 2016 Ian and I traveled to Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France to sing for the giant Sequoia by the Mairie, the town hall. 15 locals joined us in a new experience to sing for their 100 year old Sequoia in their beautiful town in the Pyrenees.


Bagnères-de-Bigorre is a spa town newly twinned with Malvern. We made a connection with the Mayor of Bagnères-de-Bigorre through the twinning committee. The Mayor was very concerned about "the Old Chap" and had removed a circular bench around the tree which was damaging his friend. After the event we left a heart-shaped rock from the Malvern hills in a crevice by the tree. 


One of the highlights of the event was an octogenarian driving by in his mobility scooter. He stopped to listen, teared up and told us that this tree meant a lot to him. He thanked us for singing. Another precious moment was at the end when a woman came up and sang in full voice the song Trees by Joyce Kilmer. Her deceased husband was a famous baritone and it was his favorite song. Her voice touched us all.

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