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The Nest Collective Presents...


SAM LEE'S SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES

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The Nest Collective Presents...


SAM LEE'S SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES

Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as some of the finest musicians in the land duet with the sweet sound of the nightingale

Immerse yourself in the folklore and ways of our native birds, savour the music of world renowned guest artists from folk, classical, world music, and jazz arenas.

Join us in a rare and thrilling journey as darkness falls upon the springtime woodlands of southern England.

2019 Early Bird tickets

Singing With Nightingales 2019 early bird ticket
70.00

Redeemable against tickets for SWN 2019 events.

Plus! Receive early access to tickets before they are released to the public.

You are invited not just to listen to these birds in ear-tinglingly close proximity, but to share an evening around the fire, delving into your hosts’ and guest musicians' own funds of rare songs and stories.

Each night features a carefully chosen host – an ornithological expert and fund of knowledge on the ways of the woods – plus a very special guest musician. After a filling supper and fine drinking round the fire, the group of around 20 will walk in silence and darkness into the nightingale’s habitat, not only to listen to these majestic birds, but to share in an improvised collaboration; to experience what happens when bird and human virtuosi converge in musical collaboration.

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About


About


"If you have never heard a nightingale before this will bring magic into your life" – Alan Davey (Controller, BBC Radio 3)

Each year, for a few months from mid-April, a few thousand nightingales fly to the southern UK from Africa. They can be heard in just a small number of special locations, taking up songful residence after dusk. The territorial males serenade loyally each night for no more than six weeks among the blackthorn and forest margins, giving unbelievable privilege to those who know where to go. 

In 2014, folk singer, song collector and nature lover Sam Lee began these reverent celebrations of this endangered bird through a BBC Radio 4 documentary. It won huge admiration, became ‘Pick of the Year’, and prompted a live reconnection of Sam’s fund of folk songs with this much admired but little heard songster. As the project grew, invited stars of the classical, world music and jazz communities came to play and by 2016, with BBC Radio 3 broadcasting the experience nightly, it had developed into an annual sell out excursion.

In 2017 the project expanded beyond our original camp in Sussex to include three new sites across southern England, and bring together some of the country's finest musicians and singers – many returning for another ‘dose’.