Presented by the Nest Collective

Folk music star and Mercury Prize nominee Sam Lee (with guests) brings you a very special concert.

Wild nightingales will be among the guest artists when the Mercury Prize-nominated folk star Sam Lee brings his acclaimed SINGING WITH NIGHTINGALES event to Gulbenkian, combining music and storytelling with a live streamed link to the woods, where the male birds sing their courtship song.

The concert is produced by folk music promoter, The Nest Collective, who’ve been holding Singing with Nightingales events in the woodlands of England since 2015, taking place again this spring in Kent, Sussex, and Gloucestershire.

For this special event, Sam Lee will be joined on stage by guest musicians and will communicate, via a live link, with an ornithologist who’ll guide us through the woodland, into one of the UK’s last remaining strongholds of the fast-disappearing bird, said to possess one of Nature’s finest voices.

Sam Lee says: “The song of the nightingale has been captivating human hearts and firing imaginations since ancient times but the numbers visiting Britain are in decline, and it is very rare to hear them now even in the countryside. Yet by combining stories, music and folklore with a live broadcast from wild starlit woods, we can conjure a journey to where the nightingale nests, so that audiences can experience the timeless magic of nightingale song in ear-tingling proximity and let them listen in in on the rarest of concerts – human musicians dueting with a superb songbird.”

For more details of the indoor and outdoor programme, please see: Find Singing With Nightingales on Facebook and follow The Nest Collective @NestFolk on Twitter and Instagram.

Guest artists:

Georgia Ruth Georgia Ruth

Georgia Ruth is a Cardiff-based musician and songwriter from Aberystwyth in West Wales. Her debut album Week of Pines won the Welsh Music Prize in 2013, and she released her second (Fossil Scale) in 2016. She appeared as a guest vocalist on the Manic Street Preachers’ Futurology album, and has toured extensively in India: both as a member of Ghazalaw (whose debut record was released on Cerys Matthews’ Marvels of the Universe label) and as part of the British Council’s Folk Nations project. Georgia presents a weekly music show on BBC Radio Cymru, and has also presented ‘World on 3’ for BBC Radio 3.

Pete JudgePete Judge

Pete Judge is a musician and composer, based in Bristol UK. He plays with and composes for acclaimed post-jazz quartet Get The Blessing (BBC Jazz Award winners), multi-instrumental acoustic trio Three Cane Whale, and ambient-minimalist-improvising duo Eyebrow. Tours and session work include Super Furry Animals, Noel Gallagher (on BBC’s Later…with Jools Holland), Jim Moray, John Parish, Marc Gauvin, and many others. He has also composed music for theatre, film & live ensemble, including Travelling Light Theatre Company, Tobacco Factory Theatre, Shetland Arts Trust, Portland Royal Manor Theatre,
Gloucester Royal Hospital, Bristol’s Brunel 200 (the Triangulation project), Aberystwyth Silver Band, b-side multi-media festival, and (with Eyebrow) Taikabox Dance Company.


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This event has been cancelled due to essential maintenance work in the Gulbenkian theatre auditorium, apologies for any inconvenience. If you have purchased a ticket, a member of the team will be in touch shortly. Alternatively please contact our ticket office directly on 01227 769075.

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