Saturday April 27th • Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve, Essex • from 8pm

"It showed us a new way of hearing, seeing and being. Or perhaps not a new way at all, but a very old way." – Fiona M


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.

  • 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 virtuoso musicians from folk, jazz, and classical backgrounds join in improvised collaboration with the nightingale.

    Optional extras

  • Return coach travel from London - departing from Liverpool Street at 17:30, returning around 02:00

  • Guided nature walk with Sam Lee (please note that this will begin at 19:30 so it is not possible to take part in this part of the evening if you are travelling via coach from London)

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

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 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.

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. Optional add-ons include guided walks with Sam Lee, and return coach travel from London.

Location & transport

By road: Fingringhoe Wick is a few miles from Colchester, around 2 hours from London, depending on traffic

By public transport: Direct trains run regularly from London Liverpool St to Colchester, where you can change for a local train to Fingringhoe. Unfortunately, the event ends too late to catch the last train back. If you’re planning to come from London, we recommend purchasing return coach travel 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.