• Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve (map)
  • CO5 7DN
  • Colchester, England
  • United Kingdom

Saturday 27th April 2019

Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

Special guest musicians: TBC

New for 2019, The Nest Collective invite you to the starlit woods of Fingringhoe Wick, for a special series of duets with one of the UK’s rarest birds - the nightingale.

This April, join host Sam Lee and invited guest musicians for music around the campfire, followed by a starlit walk into the woods for a magical duet with the nightingales beneath the night sky.

At a lower ticket price than our usual Singing With Nightingales events, and a shorter running time, this Festival doesn’t offer you the full, immersive experience of the traditional SWN evenings, but what you will get is three performances with different artists, all joined in song with the nightingale. The evening includes:

  • Performances, songs, storytelling and folklore with host Sam Lee and 3 different musical guests around the campfire

  • Promenade walks round the reserve in small groups to hear Sam and our guests joined in improvised collaboration with the nightingale. Past musical guests include virtuoso musicians from folk, jazz, and classical backgrounds such as Aidan O'Rourke, Jarlath Henderson, Carleen Anderson, and Kadialy Kouyate.

  • Optional add-ons: return coach travel from London (dep: 17:30 from Liverpool Street) and guided walks with Sam Lee.

What’s the difference between the Festival and your other Singing With Nightingales events?

The Festival will involve a larger group (about 120 compared to 30) and features 3 performances with different artists, each performing their own duet with the nightingales. Starting at 8pm and due to finish at midnight, the event is also shorter than the usual SWN evenings, though there are optional add-ons you can purchase to make the most of your evening - these include a pre-booked meal, and a guided walk with Sam Lee at 7pm.

We've found the key elements of the experience that we've shared with so many people each springtime, and condensed them into this special one off event. Optional add-ons include guided walks with Sam Lee, and return coach travel from London (dep: 17:30 from Liverpool Street).

Low income concessions

We're offering a limited number of concession tickets for people on low incomes, subsidised in part by Arts Council England. These are £15 each, including return coach travel from London. We are using the definition of low income set out by the government - in London, this means an annual household income of less than £21,000 (more information here). We kindly ask that you do not purchase these subsidised tickets if you can afford not to.