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A new show will explore how animals react to music. Presented by naturalist Chris Packham (him of 'Springwatch' fame) and musician Nitin Sawhney, the show will include interviews with experts in the field, including zoomusicologist Dr Emily Doolittle (yes, a real life Dr Dolittle), and neuroscientists professor Aniruddh Patel and professor Ed Large.

In making the show, Packham and Sawhney spent four months examining how and why certain animals respond to music. Off the back of their research comes a new composition designed to speak directly to the animals featured in the programme. It will be performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

If you want to see a sea lion called Ronan getting funky to disco classic Boogie Wonderland, this is the show for you.

"I really hope this symphony provokes debate and maybe even potential research into how animals relate to sound and perhaps how they create their own version of music," Sawhney said.

Packham added: "This project has quite literally allowed me to open my ears, not least to the fact that science now has the opportunity to delve in even greater detail into the way that animals communicate with one another. Ultimately, anything that allows us to focus on what animals are saying to one another, perhaps even saying to us, well, that has to be a wonderful thing."

'The Animal Symphony' starts on Sky Arts on December 6th.

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