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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

From April 19th, 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

"Still aglow. One of the most profound and magical nights of my life." – John M

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.

New for 2019

We’re offering return travel from London for selected events - view these now

There are limited numbers of concession tickets for selected dates for people on low incomes, subsidised in part by Arts Council England. Find out more

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About


About


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 host and guest musicians' own funds of rare songs and stories.

Each night is hosted by naturalist and folk singer Sam Lee, who is joined by 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.

"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. 

Inspired by infamous recordings of cellist Beatrice Harrison playing with nightingale as far back as 1924, folk singer, song collector and nature lover Sam Lee has been hosting reverent celebrations of this endangered bird each spring since 2014. These events have to span multiple events at 4 different sites, a ‘Pick of the year’ BBC Radio 4 documentary, a critically acclaimed adaptation for theatres and concert halls, and many broadcasts on BBC Radio 3.

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Events by date


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Events with transport from London


Events with transport from London


New for 2019, we’re offering return travel from London Liverpool Street for selected events: