The Dawn Chorus is a film short recently aired on Channel 4’s new series of Random Acts (Summer 2018). It is a wonderful clever creation by the young Japanese film director, George Wu. The music by Athos Tsipani compliments the choreography of the bird puppetry and is also a vital element of telling the story.
Never mind Birdland – this swinging jazz number allows all the featured instruments (trumpet, clarinet, piano, drums and double bass) to tweet, squawk, coo, craw and generally flap in their own unique way as only winged creatures know how during their dawn chorus to welcome in the start of a new day. The trumpet, represents the colourful Kingfisher bird, the instrument’s valves operating the three main sections of the bird, from valve 1 = the tail wing, valve 2 = central wings and valve 3 = head and beak.
The production was filmed and recorded in Edinburgh – in Summerhall, a very apt location as it was the former home of the Dick Vet School. The ensemble is seen performing in the anatomy theatre – a space not changed drastically since it’s construction in the Victorian era. Enjoy listening and watching the clip below of The Dawn Chorus.