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Dr Alice Eldridge & Alistair Appleton - Bird Bath (sound installation)

Join us for Viriditas: the music and life of Hildegard von Bingen, a series of events exploring contemporary resonances of the music and life of the 12th century abbess and composer. Hildegard von Bingen (1098 - 1179), was a German Benedictine abbess, mystic, visionary, healer, naturalist, botanist, diplomat, feminist and not least, the first named, and most prolific, although untrained, composer of the middle ages.

Hildegard saw the human as a microcosm both physically and spiritually with the macrocosm of the universe, and emphasized the connection between the “green” health of the natural world and holistic health of human being. Viriditas, literally “green truth” or “greening power”, is an earthly expression of the heavenly, thought to sustain human beings. Viriditas reminds us of the intrinsic and vital relationships between all living beings.

For the first few days of the festival, the café bar will be transformed into a restorative space to bathe in the sound of Sussex birdsong.

A collaboration between musician and ecoacoustics researcher Dr Alice Eldridge and meditation teacher, Alistair Appleton, Bird Bath was first staged at the Newhaven festival in 2018. It’s a simple idea. In the hours around dusk, the café bar will be filled with field recordings of birdsong of the woodlands, downlands and cliffs of Sussex. You can come for as long or as little as you like. Sit peacefully, and bathe in the sound of birds.

Dates and times

Wednesday 6 - Friday 8 February

3pm - 6pm daily

General Information


If you have access requirements that you would like to discuss with us or would like to book a ticket for a Personal Assistant please contact the box office on 01273 678 822 or email

Pay What You Decide

There is an allocation of Pay What You Decide (PWYD) tickets available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Come and see the show without paying anything in advance, and then pay what you think is appropriate at the end of the show. Maximum of four PWYD tickets per person. Please phone the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.

Box Office Opening Times

The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

Dates & Times

  • Wednesday 06 February, 2019


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Viriditas: Dr Alice Eldridge & Alistair Appleton - Bird Bath (sound installation)
Wednesday 06 February
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