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Singing with Nightingales

Singing with Nightingales

Wild nightingales will be among the guest singers joining folk star Sam Lee´s Spring concert series.

Wild nightingales will be singing live as far north as Yorkshire when the roots music promoter The Nest Collective adds a new twist to folk star Sam Lee’s acclaimed SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES events this Spring – a national tour of indoor venues. Join the Mercury Prize nominated folk star Sam Lee and guests at the following venues as they use songs, stories, folklore and a live feed from starlit woods to take you on an immersive journey to where rare nightingales sing their magical courtship songs

Thursday 19 April to Tuesday 29 May 2018

Thursday 19 April. 8.30pm Howard Assembly Rooms, LEEDS Artists:  Sam Lee + Alice Zawadzki (violin) TO BOOK: www.operanorth.co.uk | 0844 848 2720

Saturday 28 April, 8pm Southbank Centre, LONDON Artists:  Sam Lee + Dónal Kearney (singer) TO BOOK: www.southbankcentre.co.uk | 020 3879 9555

Thursday 3 May, 8pm The MET, BURY Artists:  Sam Lee + Jarlath Henderson (uilleann pipes, whistle, flute, cittern, vocals) TO BOOK: www.themet.biz | 0161 761 2216

Monday 7 May, 8pm The Junction 2, CAMBRIDGE Artists:  Sam Lee + Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (12-string fiddle), Fiston Lusambo (guitar) TO BOOK:  www.junction.co.uk | 01223 511 511

Tuesday 8 May Norwich Arts Centre, NORWICH Artists:  Sam Lee + Caoimhín O Raghallaigh (12-string fiddle) Fiston Lusambo (guitar) TO BOOK: www.norwichartscentre.co.uk| 01603 660 352

Wednesday 9 May, 8pm The Phoenix, EXETER Artists:  Sam Lee + Chartwell Dutiro (mbira, vocals), Adrian Freedman (flute) TO BOOK:  www.exeterphoenix.org.uk | 01392 667 080

Tuesday 22 May, 8pm The Lantern at Colston Hall, BRISTOL Sam Lee + Francesca Simmons (violin), Chartwell Dutiro (mbira, vocals) TO BOOK:  www.colstonhall.org  | 0117 203 4040

Tuesday 29 May, 8pm Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye Sam Lee + Pete Judge (trumpet), Georgia Ruth (multi-instrumentalist, vocals) TO BOOK:  www.hayfestival.com/

See also www.singingwithnightingales.com for details of the extra special campfire feast and starlit walk events taking place for small numbers every Friday and Saturday from April 20 to May 26 in Kent and Sussex.

Nest Collective founder Sam Lee, a Mercury Prize nominee and BBC Folk Awards winner, has been hosting SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES outdoors in England’s south east since 2015 - inspired by listener reactions to his ‘Pick of the Year’ radio programme marking the 90th anniversary of the BBC’s first ever outside broadcast: a nightingale and cello duet. But to protect the rare birds during their April/May courtship season, the campfire events - happening this year at Green Farm Kent, near Ashford, and in private woods near Lewes/Brighton in East Sussex - are only open to 25 people at a time. 

So this Spring, SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES is going on tour, using a live broadcasting feed to bring the sounds of the wild woods into venues in Leeds (April 19), London (April 28), Bury (May 3), Cambridge (May 7), Norwich (May 8), Exeter (May 9), Bristol (May 22) and the Hay Festival (May 29), as part of an evening of music, story-telling and duets involving a changing cast of world, folk, jazz and classical musicians and one of the finest voices in Nature..

Sam Lee explains:

The song of the nightingale has been captivating hearts and imaginations for thousands of years but chances to hear it are becoming increasingly rare because the numbers visiting Britain have fallen so sharply. The idea of complementing our outdoor events with an indoor series came about from witnessing the joyous responses of our campfire audiences.

In venues, we’ll have to forego the fire, the feast and the hushed walk but by using a live audio feed we’ll bring the sounds of the night-time woods into the concert hall. I want to let so many more people, including those who live far away from nightingale haunts, hear the birds performing their magical courtship arias as they actually happen.

Among the vocalists/instrumentalist joining Sam Lee for the series will be singers Carleen Anderson and Barbara Dickson, piper Jarlath Henderson, mbira player Chartwell Dutiro, folk fiddler Caoimhín O Raghallaigh, clarinetist David Rothenberg, cellist and baritone Matthew Sharp and cellist Alice Zawadzki.

Places at the campfire events in Kent and East Sussex start from £59 each and include a 2-course backwoods feast, drinks and booking fees.  Tickets for the venue-based events start at £12. For more details, including a full list of artistes and booking links, see: www.singingwithnightingales.com

SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES is a production of the London-based The Nest Collective, a BBC Folk Award-winning network of roots music performers and venues, supported by Arts Council England, using National Lottery money. The series is part of the RSPB’s Festival of Nightingales 2018.



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