Birdsong: An Evening Chorus

  • Rachel Murray (Participant)

Activity: Talk or presentation typesPublic talk, debate, discussion


A two-part sold out public event at Bristol Museum on the 24th of May 2017. The event consisted of a public lecture on birdsong by artist Andy Holden (Tate) and his ornithologist father Peter Holden (RSPB), with musical accompaniment by Roger Illingworth. Supplementing their discussion with field recordings, film archives and museum collections, their work is a fruitful collaboration between art and science, father and son. The second part of the concert consisted of a musical performance by David Rothenberg, professor of the philosophy of music, as well as a composer, jazz clarinetist and author of ‘Why Birds Sing’. Rothenberg specialises in the relationship between art and the natural world and his solo clarinet performance emulates the unique rhythms of birdsong, making use of the sublime acoustics of Bristol Museum.
Period24 May 2017
Held atBristol Museum and Art Gallery, United Kingdom


  • birdsong, Bristol, Bristol Museum, David Rothenberg, Andy Holden, Peter Holden