The Willow Tree chronicles a fairy tale scene in which the Willow Tree, a personification of Parkinson’s Disease (sung by professional countertenor), a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over years and significantly impacts speech as a result. The text was written after hours of discussion with people affected by Parkinsons, their carers and healthcare professionals connected to voice rehabilitation. The Willow Tree is an ancient spirit who steals and consumes the voices, identity and soul of humans in order to survive. This scene is the story of one man who fights back against the Willow Tree. The man is performed by three voices: a professional baritone, and two performers who have Parkinson’s.
In production March 2021. Recording/performance due in April 2021.