Beth Higham-Edwards is a London-based percussionist. Contemporary music, theatre and chamber music are her specialisms. Skills include tuned percussion, hand percussion, timpani, drum kit and orchestral percussion.
Beth is currently performing in Macbeth at Shakespeare's Globe (Playing Shakespeare with Deutsche Bank). Recent theatre credits include Amadeus at The National Theatre (2016 - 18) where she had a central on stage role which included movement and acting as well as performing both Mozart and contemporary underscore from memory. She was an original cast member and took part in the revival. Othello at Shakespeare's Globe 2018 (deputy MD), directed by Claire Van Kampen and Henry V at Shakespeare's Globe (deputy, 2019). Common at The National Theatre in 2017, with music composed by Stephen Warbeck. Twelfth Night at The National Theatre for which she was the deputy for the run (2017). Beth recently performed in the ballet Inala (West End and world wide) throughout 2019.
Beth co-created and performed in Daughters of the Sun in Autumn 2018 at Camden People's Theatre. She collaborated with director Tom Hughes, actor Rebecca Brewers and dramaturg Ellie Horne. Beth contributed ideas towards the original script, composed the score, arranged songs and performed in a speaking role and as a musician.
'Edwards’ musicality brought a great lift to the production. Her utilisation of a variety of instruments throughout the play heightened the tension, working in cohesion with Brewer’s address. The musician’s speech to the audience, without script, was particularly moving. Her kind and warming approach encouraged each individual to really use their own imagination explore their connection to and relationship with music.' - Jessica Battison for North West End
Beth performed with Alter Bridge and Bring Me the Horizon as part of Parallax Orchestra. She has performed with Fionn Regan and as a session artist for mercury prize winning Alt J. Other session work includes composers Cheryl Frances-Hoad for Champs Hill Records and Charlotte Harding for Nonclassical.
Beth trained for a Masters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and for an undergraduate in Music (performance and composition) at the University of Birmingham.