Listen here: Singing with Nightingales 2022

Sit back and enjoy a special performance that blends the first nightingales of the year with specially selected compositions from musicians across the UK.

Nightingale, Luscinia megarhynchos, single bird singing in tree, Lincolnshire
Published: April 19th, 2022 at 8:55 am
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Every year, the UK welcomes the most musical of birds, the nightingale, as they return from Africa to breed. For the first six weeks of their arrival, the males put on a nightly musical performance, with the aim of marking their territory and attracting a mate.

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On 13th April, folk musician and author Sam Lee was in attendance in a secret location in Sussex to bring us a livestream of the first nightingales to arrive here. An experienced wildlife watcher, Sam records the birdsong each year and beams it back into the studio, where it is skillfully mixed with selected compositions from musicians all over the UK. The effect is a magical duet of bird and human – in the spirit of Beatrice Harrison's Cello and the Nightingale performance back in 1924. This time, however, there are no bird impersonators.

This year's concert was livestreamed at 11pm on 13th April. Listen to it here:

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Sadly, nightingales are in major decline and are likely to die out in the UK, being on our Red List of species at greatest risk. There may not be many more chances to hear its captivating song, or to enjoy the interplay between instrument and bird.

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Tanya Jackson in red checked shirt and rucksack standing by a wall with a big smile
Tanya Jacksonacting group digital editor

Tanya Jackson is the acting group digital editor of countryfile.com and discoverwildlife.com. Her parents had a pet shop when she was growing up, so she learnt very young how intelligent rats are and why you don’t stick your hands near the beak of a cockatoo. She loves camping, hiking and watching the red kites soar over the Wiltshire hills.

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