A Nightingale Sings in Pollard Square

online via YouTube
Community events, Music, St George’s Day
Friday 23rd (11:00) - Friday 30th April 2021 (23:59)
Sam Lee - CREDIT Andrew Hasson

As part of our St George’s Day celebrations in Tower Hamlets, we are thrilled to bring you the broadcast of our community project, A Nightingale Sings in Pollard Square with Sam Lee and the Nest Collective.

We asked local residents to submit a short spoken piece which could be included in a 30 minute YouTube programme to be broadcast on St George’s Day. Celebrate St George’s Day, spring, the outdoors and the love of the nature with us by taking part in this joyful project.

Sam Lee is a Mercury Prize nominated folk singer, conservationist, song collector, award winning promoter, broadcaster and activist. He has been working with the Nest Collective and a range of musicians from the borough to accompany this wonderful migratory bird as well drawing on spoken word submissions from the public.

Inspired by famous recordings of cellist Beatrice Harrison playing with a nightingale in 1924, nature lover Sam has been hosting reverent celebrations of this endangered bird each spring since 2014.

"A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" sung by Dame Vera Lynn, was one of the most popular songs in Britain during World War II.

The nightingale’s arrival is a poignant reminder during Covid-19 of the importance of the reconnection to nature and outdoor spaces to many people. It also represents migration and this year will also be a celebration of us gradually being released from lockdown. The pandemic has reminded us of the value of the natural habitats on our doorsteps.

Watch the results of this lovely, unique musical project!