Imogen Heap restores abandoned walled garden as part of new album project

Grammy award-winning singer Imogen Heap is known for her unique style, but her latest project is taking it to new heights.

Grammy award-winning singer Imogen Heap is known for her unique style, but her latest project is taking it to new heights.

She said: “I feel like it is one of the most unusal songs that I have ever done – to try to create the voice of a crumbling wall and to record the sound of rocks.

“I have never done anything like that before but what I love about this project is that all the fans are involved.”

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The singer/songwriter from Havering-atte-Bower said the inspiration came from the work that she has been doing with a team of volunteers, Havering Council and the Clear Village Project to restore an abandoned Georgian walled garden in Bedsford Park.

The project saw the volunteers working on the garden from Thursday, September 22 and finishing on Monday.

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Imogen has called the song Heapsong 3 and says the project was an attempt to change how she creates her albums.

“I have been trying to integrate my album into my life because usually I spend a year on my own, as a recluse, working on an album and I alienate my mum and dad and my friends.

“This time I really want to try to lead a normal life. I don’t want to put my life on hold.”

The singer first hit it big when her track Hide And Seek was used in US TV teen drama The OC.

She came up with the idea of rejuvenating the walled garden a year ago while she was being shown around the park by Simon Parkinson, the head of Havering Council’s Culture and Leisure Services, as part of her dream of performing a festival there.

Imogen and her boyfriend Thomas Ermacora, the founder of Clear Village, have applied for a grant from the National Lottery to transform the garden into a community good gardening project.

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The songwriter is set to celebrate the first stage of the process when she opens her doors to her fans for a special celebration tomorrow (Saturday).

She said: “We want to keep the spirit and the essence of the garden alive and to use it so that people can come together as a community.

“We are hoping that it is going to take off and we just want people to come to the garden, fall in love with it and keep it going.”

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