Beth Higham-Edwards

Award: Postgraduate Award

Year: 2016

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Percussion

Location: Guildhall School of Music and Drama

Beth Higham-Edwards is a percussionist and workshop leader who enjoys working in a range of styles and genres. Beth performs with orchestras, chamber groups, in cross-arts collaborations, with pop bands, solo, as a session artist and with her all-female percussion quartet Beaten Track Ensemble. Orchestral work includes Parallax Orchestra and the London Chamber Orchestra. Session work includes playing marimba on Alt J’s number one selling second album ‘This is All Yours’, marimba on upcoming artist ‘Tusks’ EP and playing cajon for the sample library Spitfire. Beth often collaborates with composers and enjoys playing new works. Recent collaborations include collaborating with composer Anna Meredith and ten young female composers from the BBC Proms inspire programme for BBC Radio 3 International Women’s Day broadcast. As part of her quartet Beth has given two BBC Radio 3 performances and performed as part of Tate Modern’s Alexander Calder Exhibition Performing Sculpture. Beaten Track Ensemble are currently collaborating with internationally renowned sculptor Jeff Lowe. Future collaborations include with percussionist Daniel Tones.

Beth is also a workshop leader. She has recently worked with the Wigmore Hall, Barbican, London Chamber Orchestra, Aurora Orchestra, London Music Masters, Creative Futures and Town Hall Symphony Hall Birmingham. Beth completed the Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader scheme in 2015.

Beth Higham-Edwards graduated from the University of Birmingham in 2014 where she majored in percussion performance and achieved a First. She was winner of the Barber Undergraduate Prize for her year. Beth started a two year Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Percussion (Orchestral Artistry in association with the LSO) in September 2015. Beth was successful in gaining a Help Musicians UK Postgraduate Award which will help aid her studies at Guildhall.