A Late-Night Duet with a Nightingale Live: Sam Lee and Alice Zawadzki

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This event is part of our Subject/Object: The Birds festival. Tickets for this and the Dawn Chorus of Messiaen are only available as part of the festival ticket. To attend these events, buy your festival ticket here.

one note, five times, louder each
time, followed, after a fraught
pause, by a soft cuckle of
wet pebbles, which I could call
a glottal rattle.’
– from ‘To a Nightingale’ by R.F. Langley, first published in the LRB in 2010

For several years, every April and May, when our few thousand nightingales arrive in south-east England and start singing their hearts out, the folk singer, song collector and conservationist Sam Lee has performed a series of very extraordinary late-night shows. With a tiny audience and a special guest in tow, he wanders into the pitch-black Sussex countryside until he finds a nightingale, then folds its song into a performance of his brilliantly imaginative interpretations of folk standards, often featuring nightingales in the lyrics.

These concerts have been witnessed by a very small number of lucky attendees but Sam’s company The Nest Collective have agreed to make a livestream available for one night only, to Subject/Object ticket-holders. Best experienced through headphones, under a blanket/the stars.

Sam’s guest will be the award-winning vocalist, violinist and composer Alice Zawadzki.

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