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Thu, 25 Apr



Singing With Nightingales 25 April

Step quietly into the springtime woods and behold nature and art in sublime connection as some of the finest musicians duet with the unique song of the nightingale...

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Singing With Nightingales 25 April
Singing With Nightingales 25 April

Time & Location

25 Apr 2024, 19:00 – 23:50

Barcombe, Barcombe, Lewes BN8, UK

About the event

SWN is neither an ecology walk, a bird-watching expedition, or even a concert. It is a work of immersive theatre, staged by nature, told by humans and outshone by a very special bird.

Each year, for a short period from mid-April to May's end, five thousand pairs of nightingales fly to southern England from Sub-Saharan Africa. Here they take up songful residence as the males commence their famous - but much unknown - courtship night song. Amongst the scented blackthorn in the stillness of the spring air, we have the extraordinary privilege of seeking out these songbirds and making an auditorium of their thicket.

As you, our guests, and our invited musicians are led after dark into the woods, it is here, within ear-tingling proximity, that we are granted this exquisite opportunity to appreciate the improvised and virtuosic nature of the nightingale's song. Most significant is their ability to incorporate our music into theirs, the phenomenon which makes Singing with Nightingales one of the most unique and artistically profound nature experiences one can find in the world. An experience that, year after year, our supporters return for, to witness and be enchanted by.

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