My early morning wake-up call starts at four o'clock when my resident blackbird (pictured) begins his recital that continues almost non-stop for four hours.

Despite the fact that is designed solely to proclaim territory ownership and advertise for mates, birdsong, especially the dawn chorus which reaches a magical crescendo next month is enjoyed by us too.

At the London Wetland Centre on 21st March, appropriately on the first day of spring, an appreciative audience was treated to an evening chorus of classical baroque music with an avian theme.

Entitled 'A musical aviary', and performed by a lively talented quartet to a packed house, the programme featured works by Handel, Biber and Byrd.

Each piece was enlivened by a colourful series of bird images projected onto a large screen.

Much birdsong lends itself to musical interpretation with perhaps the best known and loved being 'A lark ascending' by Vaughan Williams.

However, I wonder if any composer would be bold enough to attempt the daunting task of writing a piece for the loud, explosive song of Cetti's warbler, a bird that often greets us when we arrive at the wonderful Wetland Centre.

I doubt if even Handel could handle it.