Singing With Nightingales: Live at Home

Singing WIth NightingalesEARTHDAY Wednesday 22nd April 2020 – 10pm-1am

The Nest Collective in partnership with Music Declares Emergency and Culture Declares Emergency

Sam Lee with
Musicians (including)

Cosmo Sheldrake, Isobel Waller-Bridge, Bernard Butler, Seth Lakeman, Nick Mulvey, Julie Fowlis, Johnny Flynn, Jessie Buckely, John Smith, Sara Nicolls, Jocelyn Pook

Speakers (including):

Simon Armitage, Robert MacFarlane, Jay Griffiths, Gavin Turk, Lily Cole, Simon McBurney, Matthew Bannister, Farhana Yarmin, Ed Gillespie

and more to be announced shortly!

To mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Nest Collective in partnership with Music Declares Emergency and Culture Declares Emergency are launching an uplifting online offering called Singing with Nightingales : Live at Home via YouTube : . Featuring pioneering and award-winning folk singer and campaigner, Sam Lee as host, this special event will take place live from a Sussex wood, with additional contributions from a series of prominent figures from the worlds of music, art, activism, poetry and prose, broadcasting direct from their own homes – all woven with storytelling and song – and the courtship song of the Nightingale.

Taking place on Wednesday 22nd April 2020, this nighttime broadcast will run from 22.00 – 01.00. Broadcasting from deep in the Sussex countryside, (one of the last habitats of wild nightingales in the UK), Sam Lee will be live-streaming in the spirit of Beatrice Harrison’s pioneering 1924 BBC broadcasts of cello duets with the Nightingale – the original inspiration for the Nest Collective’s acclaimed, ‘Singing with Nightingales’ annual events. Each guest will be offering their own contribution – in duet with these unique birds and their celebrated song.

Using a set-up devised by the Nest Collective, the two streams, (Sam in the woods, the contributors in their homes), will be married together and broadcast out to the world online as an audio stream via YouTube Live via :

This special event also serves as a launch pad for the new, online version of the acclaimed Singing with Nightingales season taking place between 29th April -9th May 2020 – For more details, please see

Earth Day is an annual event celebrated in 193 countries around the world on 22nd April to demonstrate support for environmental protection.