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Music and Birds

December 12, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


A Violinist’s View

The Linnean Society Christmas Lecture 2019 by classical violinist Paul Barritt

Classical violinist and Permanent Guest Leader of the Hallé Orchestra Paul Barritt considers the connections between great composers of both the human and avian worlds: from Mozart’s beloved pet starling to Vaughan Williams’ ascending lark. Do female birds sing or was Darwin accurate in portraying them as far too coy compared to their ardent males? This lecture explores the use of birds, their image, calls and sounds in classical music, illustrated with musical examples both electronic and live.

The Linnean Society of London is the world’s oldest active biological society. Founded in 1788 by Sir James Edward Smith, who was its first President. The Society takes its name from the Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus (1707–1778) whose botanical, zoological and library collections have been in its keeping since 1829. These unique collections are of continuing fundamental importance as a primary reference for taxonomy. They are enhanced by the Society’s own rich library which provides key resources for research.

This event is free and open to all, but registration is essential.

Seats are being allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Doors open at 17:30.

Tea is being served in the Library from 17:30 and the event is followed by a white wine reception.

Further information and registration form on the Linnean Society website


December 12, 2019
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Linnean Society of London


Linnean Society of London
Burlington House
London, W1J 0BF United Kingdom
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