Singing With Nightingales: Homecoming

Singing With Nightingales: Homecoming

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mercredi 14 avril de 22:00 à 23:00

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Celebrate the return of the nightingales to UK shores with this special late-night live broadcast.

Hosted by folk singer Sam Lee this audio broadcast, live on Youtube, will take you on a journey into the woods of Sussex to hear the unforgettable song of the nightingale. We will then weave in contributions from invited guests for improvised duets and poetic offerings with the nightingales, bringing the magic of music and nature to you in the comfort of your own home.

This live broadcast will be available for free on Youtube.

Each year, for a short period mid-April, a few thousand nightingales fly to 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.

On 14th April we will mark this occasion by listening to possibly the first singing nightingale of the season, with Sam Lee microphone-ready at their reliable Sussex habitat.

We will be inviting contributions from the public to be played on this broadcast alongside the nightingale’s song - details for this will follow in the next few weeks.

In this modern age, with biodiversity in decline and habitats being eroded, the nightingale has become representative of all that we have to lose. It is a small, brown, unremarkable-looking bird, but it possesses one of nature’s finest singing voices. The bird winters in Africa but spends April to July mating and nesting in Europe and the Middle East. The numbers visiting England have declined so sharply that it is now on the UK’s Red List of species at the greatest conservation risk. Click here for more information on the nightingale and its conservation.

In Spring 2020, with the sudden lockdown and restrictions in place across the UK, we had to work hard to reimagine our Singing With Nightingales concert series for extraordinary times. After some serious technical exploration and re-devising, we launched our ‘from the forest’ digital versions of Singing with Nightingales. These online events had Sam Lee, deep in the Sussex woods, beaming live nightingale song to our special guest collaborators, with the whole sonic duet broadcast live on Youtube. You can find the 2020 series on our Youtube channel.

This Homecoming event is the next chapter in our online programme, inviting audiences across the world to hear the unforgettable sounds of the nightingale. Whether you're in California or Coventry, Moscow or Middlesborough, we invite you to Sussex for the evening to enjoy one of nature's most captivating arias.