Percussionist

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 also on the board of trustees with the National Children's Orchestra.

 

Recent theatre credits include he Mirror and the Light (West End for RSC), Inala (West End and international tour), Amadeus, Common and Twelfth Night (dep) at The National Theatre and Measure for Measure, Macbeth, Henry V (dep) and Othello, at Shakespeare’s Globe. 

Beth also appeared in SMOOSH! and Beethoven & Me (Sky Arts) for the Paraorchestra, and has recently performed with the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. 

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

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Beth performed with Alter Bridge, Bring Me the Horizon and Architects 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 working with 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.