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Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4

Rain Dog 10 Nov 14 - 04:12 AM
GUEST,leeneia 10 Nov 14 - 11:52 AM
Rain Dog 25 Mar 16 - 01:39 PM
Rain Dog 10 May 18 - 11:29 AM
GUEST,Stu 10 May 18 - 12:40 PM
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Subject: Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4
From: Rain Dog
Date: 10 Nov 14 - 04:12 AM

This programme was originally broadcast in May this year. I thought it had been mentioned here but I could not find after a quick search

BBC Radi0 4 11.45 Sunday 9th November 2014

Late in the evening on 19th May, 1924, the BBC made its first live wildlife outside broadcast, from the cellist Beatrice Harrison's garden. A nightingale joined in, singing as she played. Listeners were so entranced by this duet that the cello and nightingale concerts were broadcast annually, eagerly awaited by listeners around the globe.

To celebrate the 90th anniversary of this remarkable musical event, the folk musician Sam Lee finds, somewhere in southern England, "some melodious plot/ Of beechen green, and shadows numberless", as Keats puts it in his 'Ode to a Nightingale', and himself sings "of summer with full throated ease". Sam, with the cellist Francesca Ter-Berg, violinist Flora Curzon and viola player Laurel Pardue, sings songs that feature nightingales, such as 'The Tan Yard Side', to the nightingales as they sing in the thickets.

Sam considers our relationship with this amazing songster, which itself appears in so many songs and poems, and we hear, too, Beatrice's reminiscence of that first nightingale broadcast, 90 years ago.

Producer: Julian May.

Singing with the Nightingales


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Subject: RE: Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4
From: GUEST,leeneia
Date: 10 Nov 14 - 11:52 AM

Thanks very much, Rain Dog. I enjoyed the broadcast.

i had a similar experience one summer day. Friends were talking on the front porch, having a lemonade or beer while I played my guitar. An American robin (a kind of thrush) sang on the telephone wire the entire time I played. His song is so complex that whatever chord I played, major, minor or seventh, seemed to harmonize.


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Subject: RE: Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4
From: Rain Dog
Date: 25 Mar 16 - 01:39 PM

An article about this recording was published on BBC website today

The cello and the nightingale


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Subject: RE: Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4
From: Rain Dog
Date: 10 May 18 - 11:29 AM

Not had the chance to listen to the following programme yet.

Originally broadcast on BBC Radio 3 during the early hours of Monday 7th May

Slow Radio : Nightingales

A magical late night listening experience - six musicians go into the Sussex woods to play nocturnal music with the nightingales, who gather there to sing at night each Spring. The soloists taking turns to respond musically to the nightingales are Clive Bell (Japanese bamboo flute); Laura Moody (cello and vocal); Sam Amidon, (violin and vocal), John Baily (rubab) with Veronica Doubleday (frame drum and vocal) ,and Sam Lee (vocal & harmonium). The entire programme takes place in the woods, recorded on one night in April. Verity Sharp presents, leading the listener into the wild nocturnal environment and describing the atmosphere, and folk singer and outdoorsman Sam Lee will explain the migratory behaviour of the birds, the character of their songs, and the habitats that they favour for singing.

This is a Slow Radio experience, immersing the listener in the remarkable and magical experience of the nocturnal songs of nightingales. They are rarely to be heard in England today, but this programme will lead your ears into one of the woods where they still migrate every Spring, to sing through the night.

And who knows what other sounds may be captured on the night - a fox bark, an owl hoot, frogs calling, the wind in the branches...


Slow Radio : Nightingales


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Subject: RE: Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4
From: GUEST,Stu
Date: 10 May 18 - 12:40 PM

One of the most affecting recordings I have ever heard is of a Nightingale, recorded by a BBC sound recordist in Surrey on 19th May 1942. As the bird sings in the background he catches the sound of 142 Lancaster and Wellington bombers passing overhead en route to bomb Mannheim.

Nightingale sings as RAF bombers Fly


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Subject: RE: Singing with the nightingales BBC Radio4
From: FreddyHeadey
Date: 12 May 18 - 01:36 PM

Thanks. Though I've not listened to much yet.



They do it in Berlin too apparently.

Berlin Bülbül | David Rothenberg & Korhan Erel
by Gruenrekorder
#np on #SoundCloud
https://soundcloud.com/gruenrekorder/berlin-bulbul-david-rothenberg-korhan-erel

"... What is it like to play along with a nightingale? It becomes a direct window into the unknown, a touch of communication with a being with whom we cannot speak. The play of pure tones jarring against click and buzz, it all becomes not a code but a groove, an amphitheater of rhythms in which we strive to find a place. ..."
more:
http://www.gruenrekorder.de/?page_id=13746 


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