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We perform 350 years of birdsong-inspired music, from traditional and baroque music to our own improvisations and compositions, sometimes including live or recorded birdsong. Our performances make extensive use of projected spectrographs, graphic representations of sound; these accompany our transcriptions of slowed down songs of chiffchaff, goldfinch, goldcrest, chaffinch and other familiar European garden birds. Performances also include semi-improvised music inspired by East African bird songs, and music inspired by our British Council funded work with pioneering musicians in the Amazon basin. In outdoor or semi-outdoor settings our performances are often accompanied by live birdsong.

Recent programmes have included:
  • Johann Schmelzer Sonata Representativa (1668)
  • Jean-Philippe Rameau La Poule, Le Rappel des Oiseaux
  • François Couperin Le Rossignol-en-amour, La Linotte effarouchée, Les Fauvettes Plaintives,
  • Antonio Vivaldi Il Gardellino
  • Franz Lizst St Francis' Sermon to the Birds
  • Enrique Granados The Maiden and the Nightingale
  • Olivier Messiaen Le Merle Noir, Le Rouge-gorge
  • Peter and Liz Cowdrey Garden Birds, Irish Air with Song Thrush
  • Peter Cowdrey and Jennifer Raven African Birds
  • Peter Cowdrey Wrens, Auroriole, Tucano
  • Gypsy Music from Transylvania, Serbia, Bulgaria
  • Celtic Folk Music
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