2017 sees our experiences expand into 3 new sites in Cambridgeshire, Essex and Kent, on top of the regular Sussex site, near Lewes, for a range of immersive guidings, offering a deeply wondrous, romantic and potent experience like no other.
Come to the forest, sit by the fireside and listen to intoxicating song, as some of the finest musicians in the land duet with the rare and sweet song of the nightingale.
Immerse yourself in the folklore and ways of our native birds, dine on a gourmet, backwoods feast with fine cheer, woodsmoke and hearty stories of the land and the songs sprung from it.
Savour the music of world renowned guest artists from folk, classical, world music and jazz arenas in the most unusual and sublime of concerts.
Join us in a rare and thrilling journey as darkness falls upon the springtime woodlands of southern England.
For more information about our locations, click on the links below…
You are invited not just to listen to these birds in ear-tinglingly close proximity, but to share an evening around the fire, delving into your hosts’ and guest musicians’ own funds of rare songs and stories.
Each night features a carefully chosen host – an ornithological expert and fund of knowledge on the ways of the woods – plus a very special guest musician. After a filling supper and fine drinking round the fire, the group of around 20 people each will walk in silence and darkness into the nightingale’s habitat, not only to listen to these majestic birds, but to share in an improvised collaboration; to experience what happens when bird and human virtuosi converge in musical collaboration.
A meditative trek into the mud and moonlight and a communion with nature, Lee’s performances are also designed to extol mindful presence and the power of deep listening. Guardian
For a few short weeks from mid April onwards a few thousand Nightingales annually fly to the southern UK from the Central African forests and can be heard, in a just few special locations, taking up sonorous residence after dusk. The male birds territoriality serenade about the scrubs and field margins with their magnificent and highly venerated song. Folk singer, song collector and nature lover Sam Lee has built a reputation of celebrating this ‘very African bird’ with his annual sell out excursions.
…suddenly it begins: the strangest and most wonderful concert. The Observer
Artist & Host Info:
We are inviting an eclectic mix of artists working in folk, jazz and classical spheres to perform alongside the Nightingales each night, with your night hosted by one of our pick of raconteurs, naturalists and ornithologists.
Sam Lee | Sam Lee & Juliet Fraser | Preetha Narayanan | Matthew Sharp | Malcolm Green | Misha Mullov-Abbado | Alice Zawadzki | Sam Lee & Helen Chadwick | Anna and Elizabeth & Sam Lee | Oli Langford | Gabby Young | Sam Lee & Aidan O’Rourke | Gwyneth Herbert | Sam Lee & Nessi Gomes | Laura Moody | Clara Sanabras | Bird Radio | Abraham Brody | Clive Bell | Eugenia Georgieva & David Rothenberg| Kerry Andrew & David Rothenberg
What to expect...
Cambridgeshire / Essex / Kent / Lewes
We have 4 different locations for Nightingales, please refer to your ticket for details:
Grafham Water (Cambridgeshire)
Fingringhoe Wick (Essex)
Green Farm (Kent)
Secret Location (Near Lewes)