folk & world

Sam Lee's Singing with Nightingales

Join folk star Sam Lee and special guests, Kadialy Kouyate and Dónal Kearney, as they collaborate with nightingales in this immersive one-off event.

This Spring, the Mercury Prize-nominated folk artist and naturalist Sam Lee is bringing the celebrated Singing With Nightingales starlit events indoors. Live broadcasting the irrepressible nocturnal courtship song of nightingales, this unique concert introduces human-bird duets in a new theatrical experience.

Sam Lee’s spoken and sung narrative creates a guided imaginatory forest walk, drawing audiences into the lore of the woods with transporting folk songs.

Joining Sam on stage are Kadialy Kouyate, a singer-songwriter and kora player inspired by the West African Griot repertoire, and Irish musician Dónal Kearney whose musical outlets include travelling music production Tourist Walk, Irish-American group Bosca, folk/soul band TRÚ and original collaborative project, weavers.

This meditative journey is accompanied by immersive lighting and a live audio feed of the evening chorus as it fades to silence, followed by the signature duet as performers join with the birds’ after-dark song.

Presented by worldwide roots music promoter, The Nest Collective, these groundbreaking concerts weave a narrative of song and story concerning the nightingale's role in folklore, landscape and migration, overshadowed by their current alarming decline. Hear their song and its powerful effect while you still can.

'The strangest and most wonderful concert'
The Observer
'Absolutely gorgeous'
BBC Radio 4

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Queen Elizabeth Hall
Queen Elizabeth Hall Foyer


Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)


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