Singing With Nightingales Established by Mercury Music nominee and singer Sam Lee, an event which has grown into an experience like no other. Intimate audiences are
Singing With Nightingales
Established by Mercury Music nominee and singer Sam Lee, an event which has grown into an experience like no other.
Intimate audiences are led into the springtime woods for a feast of fire, food, music and stories of the land. Later, as darkness falls, guests are led into the habitat of the nation’s most revered and iconic singer: the fast-disappearing Nightingale.
Guest musicians are then invited to collaborate with the male bird’s courtship song in this unbelievable and trance-inducing duet.
Last year I was privileged to play shakuhachi with the Nightingales together with Sam Lee and the Zimbabwean mbira player Chartwell Dutiro. That was in the Exeter Phoenix Theatre with the song of the Nightingales being live-streamed into the theatre for the musicians to improvise with.This year I am feeling even more honoured to be invited to play one of the Singing with Nightingales events live in the field with the nightingales singing along with my shakuhachi.The thing about the concert that surprised me most last year was how deeply moving it was to play with the birds, and I can only anticipate another marvellous and revelatory experience this year, singing with nightingales in Highham Woods. Adrian Freedman
Produced by The Nest Collective
This unique and intoxicating night-time outdoor experience brings guests ear-tinglingly close to these majestic and endangered birds, offering a unique opportunity for deep listening with the natural world through this exotic and romantic display. Singing with Nightingales connects wonderful music, community, nature and mystery, and celebrates this very African bird that summers in England – one of our many musical migrants.
Each night is presented by a carefully chosen host
Enjoy time with the carefully selected host who are knowledgeable on the ways of the woods, and able to enlighten you with ornithological learnings. During each experience a world-renowned guest musician from the folk, classical, world music and jazz arenas will perform.
An intimate evening is spent around the fire
Delving into rare songs and stories, and sharing a filling supper, the small group then walks silently into the darkness, entering the nightingale’s habitat.