'And the Bird Called'
Where better to celebrate our feathered friends than the delightful Southside House where real birdsong from the magical garden can mingle with words and music inspired by it?
Musician and author of Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? Lev Parikian joins forces with the Wimbledon-based chamber ensemble the Jigsaw Players, well- known to BookFest audiences, for an evening of good-humoured readings and uplifting music on avian themes.
Lev Parikian is the Artistic Director of The Rehearsal Orchestra, the City of Oxford Orchestra and several London amateur orchestras.
"Hilariously honest... Lev Parikian has a fine line in description and a musician's ear for birdsong." Sam West
VENUE: Southside House - 3-4 Woodhayes Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 4RJ
Lev Parikian is a conductor and writer. On the podium, he is the Artistic Director of The Rehearsal Orchestra, the City of Oxford Orchestra and several London amateur orchestras. He has worked with the BBC Concert Orchestra, recording the theme tune for ‘The Missing Hancocks’ and a forthcoming CD of music by Stuart Hancock (the confluence of the surnames is a happy coincidence).
He has written three books: Waving, Not Drowning (a searing exposé of the art of the conductor), Why Do Birds Suddenly Disappear? (the story of his return to birdwatching after a hiatus of 30 years), and The Long and the Short of It (a collection of 40 essays on subjects suggested by readers), which will be published in 2020. A fourth, on our relationship with nature, is in the pipeline.
Lev’s hobbies include resetting the WiFi, arguing with self-checkout machines, and profreading.