PerformersCity of London Sinfonia
RepertoireJohn Luther Adams: Morningfieldsong from Songbirdsongs
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 7pm, pre-concert talk.
TV and radio presenter and Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) President Miranda Krestovnikoff recounts her amazing experiences of creating musical conversations with wrens. We’re also joined by Huw Watkins and Roderick Chadwick who discuss classical composers' use of birdsong in their compositions. Admission free to ticket holders.
Queen Elizabeth Hall at 10pm, post-concert performance.
Folk singer and naturalist Sam Lee has been inviting audiences to hear the most mercurial of songbirds, nightingales, for the past few years in England’s few remaining ancient woodlands. Nightingales were at one time the ever-present background music to this country’s crisp spring nights, but their numbers and habitats have fallen sharply in the last 50 years, with fewer than 5,000 breeding pairs remaining.
In this late-night post-concert performance, musicians from City of London Sinfonia join Sam Lee and Alice Zawadzki in an improvised set in response to a live broadcast from special winged guests singing in an ancient English woodland. Admission free to ticket holders.