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Singing with Nightingales: Grafham Water Centre

April 14 @ 6:30 pm - April 15 @ 12:30 am

In April and May 2017 folk music star Sam Lee presents a unique experience of starlit walks into the English woods to a rare concert by wild nightingales and special guest musicians as the thrilling finale to a campfire feast, featuring songs, wildlife insights, gourmet food and stories about the magical nightingale.


Folk music star Sam Lee will be hosting a series of after-dark events in woods near Ashford (Kent), Colchester (Essex), Huntingdon (Cambs.) and Lewes (East Sussex) next spring, offering a campfire feast with songs and stories about one of Britain’s rarest birds – the nightingale – and a night walk to hear the famously-beautiful singing of the birds and listen in on a unique duet between them and some very special human musicians.


The SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES  series starts on Thursday 13 April, to coincide with the nightingales’ arrival in southern England from their wintering grounds in tropical Africa, and then continues on selected nights throughout their mate-seeking season – April 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 28 and 29 and May 5, 6, 12 and 13. More dates with Sam Lee will be announced later in the season.


For further details and to book, please see: www.singingwithnightingales.com <http://www.singingwithnightingales.com


This expands on a joyously-received, sell-out programme of similar events trialed in Sussex during spring 2015 which was, in turn, inspired by listener reactions to Sam Lee’s ‘Pick of the Year’ radio programme marking the 90th anniversary of the BBC’s first ever outside broadcast: a nightingale and cello duet.


Sam Lee says: “The song of the nightingale has been captivating human hearts and imaginations since ancient times and our SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES events give guests the chance to experience this same timeless magic in ear-tingling proximity, with the unique addition of listening in on the rarest of concerts – a varied cast of superbly talented human musicians duetting with one of the very finest voices in nature.”


Each event will feature a different cast of guest performers, among them Sam Lee (a Mercury Prize nominee and BBC Folk Awards winner, soon to be heard on the soundtrack of the new Guy Ritchie movie KING ARTHUR: THE LEGEND OF THE SWORD) and other stars of the UK’s folk, classical, world and jazz music scenes.


Places are from £80 each, which includes a campfire gathering with music, story-telling, wildlife lore, a two-course backwoods feast, drink and booking fees, and are strictly limited to 25 people a night.


SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES is a production of the London-based The Nest Collective, a BBC Folk Award-winning, network of folk, world and new music performers and venues, set up by Sam Lee in 2006.


The events in Essex and Cambridgeshire are taking place in association with the local Wildlife Trusts, and wildlife experts are advising on the series to safeguard the welfare of the nightingales and other wildlife.


The campfire feast will use fresh seasonal ingredients, most sourced locally, and some foraged from the surrounding countryside. All of the dishes will be vegetarian with special dietary options available on request.


April 14 @ 6:30 pm
April 15 @ 12:30 am


Grafham Water
Perry, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire United Kingdom