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Unique moment in the history of the BBC re-created at Whisby Nature Park

The stars of the BBC’s very first outside broadcast were cellist Beatrice Harrison accompanied by a very tuneful nightingale. To celebrate the anniversary, Senior Lecturer in radio Dylan Roys and David McSherry from the University of Lincoln accepted the challenge from Reverend Mark Holden (Wragby parishes) to recreate the historic event in Lincolnshire.
Violinist Janet Welsh kindly agreed to join them in this quest and they headed to Whisby Nature Park to recruit a willing nightingale. As dusk fell, Grahame Hopwood, Assistant Warden at Whisby, attuned their ears to the song of the nightingale and Janet began to play the tune Londonderry Air, just as Beatrice Harrison had done 90 years earlier.
The piece was broadcast on William Wright’s BBC Radio Lincolnshire show on the 19 May 2014; exactly 90 years after the original broadcast.  

The recording can be heard here: Janet and the Nightingale