We are looking for very special individuals to become Hosts for our ‘Singing with Nightingale’ events this Spring - one host for each of our sites in Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire, and Sussex.

INTRODUCTION

During April and May 2016, folk singer Sam Lee and other celebrated musicians performed duets with wild nightingales at a series of intimate events deep in the Sussex countryside. Included in the evening was an organic, locally sourced, vegetarian feast, enjoyed around an open fire, followed by nightingale stories, folklore and ornithological wisdom imparted by a knowledgeable host. With small audiences of just 25 people, the event is not just a musical performance, but a unique way of engaging people with the current threats to UK wildlife.

The 2016 duets were recorded and broadcast on Radio 3 and reviewed by the Guardian and the Observer and included some extremely special guest artists, including Nick Mulvey and Cosmo Sheldrake.

This year, the events have expanded to cover more dates and 4 sites - in Essex, Kent, Cambridgeshire and Sussex

Role

The host will be leading these events and the job of making sure every audience has a safe, engaging and memorable experience. Your role will include:

  • Welcoming the audience, making them feel relaxed and comfortable
  • Working alongside the Site Manager to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all audience members
  • Leading a dusk walk, identifying birdsong and sharing information about the local habitats and work that the landowners are doing to restore and protect it(with support info provided by our Ornithologist)
  • Talking to guests around the campfire over dinner, ensuring the event feels intimate and unique.
  • Giving an after-dinner talk about Nightingales, conducted in a warm manner (more storytelling than wildlife documentary!) including: natural history, habitats, why they are threatened in UK, folklore, stories and past experiences
  • Introducing the musicians and giving brief interview with them before their campfire performance
  • Explaining to the audience how to conduct themselves during the night-time walk
  • Leading audience on night-time walk to locate the nightingales for the performance
  • Locating suitable positions where audience can gather comfortably
  • Getting the musician into position and cueing them when to being to play
  • Wrapping up the performance and leading audience back to base

 

Person Specification

  • Solid knowledge of UK wildlife, flora and fauna, including good ornithological knowledge, and the ability to identify birdsong

  • A warm, charismatic manner and confidence to host and address members of the public

  • Experience of hosting/speaking at similar events in the past

  • Knowledge of Nightingale natural history/folklore (if not, this can be learnt for the events, with the support of our Ornithologist)

  • Good time management and interpersonal skills

  • Musical skills are useful but not vital as you will have musical support from the guest musicians

 

DATES

Secret Location (near Lewes), Sussex

Fri 28th April, Sat 29th April, Fri 5th May, Sat 6th May, Fri 12th May, Sat 13th May

 

Fingringhoe Wick, Essex

Sat 15th April, Sun 16th April, Fri 21st April, Sat 22nd April, Fri 28th April, Sat 29th April, Fri 5th May, Sat 6th May, Fri 12th May, Sat 13th May

 

Grafham Water, Cambridgeshire

Thurs 13th April, Fri 14th April, Sat 15th April, Fri 21st April, Sat 22nd April, Fri 28th April, Sat 29th April, Fri 5th May, Sat 6th May

 

Green Farm, Kent

Thur 20th April, Fri 21st April, Sat 22nd April, Fri 28th April, Sat 29th April, Fri 5th May, Sat 6th May, Fri 12th May

Fee

£100 per night minimum - negotiable, dependant upon experience

If all of this sounds like the perfect role for you, drop us a line by email at admin@thenestcollective.co.uk, sending us an overview of your experience (including a CV and/or link to your website), plus a link to a 2min video of you talking to camera about your love of nature and the environment.

Deadline

Midnight on 27th February 2017