Whilst studying, Beth perceived a barrier for women in percussion - specifically for achieving more permanent or salaried jobs such as a position in an orchestra or teaching roles at conservatoires. She conducted some independent data collection and hosted a round table discussion at the Wigmore Hall in March 2019. As a result of this she has formed partnerships with some of the industries major organisations and is stepping out as an ambassador for gender equality and equal opportunity for instrumentalists.
Beth collected data by viewing the website of each orchestra listed on the ABO website. She is hoping for some professionally collected data to arise later this year. As of her findings in October 2019, the following percentages of seats in orchestras were held by men:
Percussion - 90%
Timpani - 95%
Trumpet - 93%
Trombone - 93%
Tuba - 100%
French Horn - 85%
Double Bass - 73%
Principal players - 67%
In Autumn 2017 90% of percussion teaching posts in UK conservatoires were held by men.
Beth have spoken on panels at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama 2019 for the Women Can weekend, Classical:NEXT in Rotterdam 2016, and has delivered provocations in Aix en Provence and London as part of the International Community Arts Academy - a collective of 15 emerging artists selected by the London Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker and Festival d’Aix en Provence.
Beth is Project Manager at SWAP'ra (Supporting Women and Parents in Opera). Beth is working towards achieving gender equality and equal opportunities for female instrumentalists in classical music, especially for those who play male dominated instruments such as percussion, double bass and brass. She conducts data collection, produces events, delivers workshops, panels and discussions and consults with organisations and individuals.
Beth's blog for SWAP'ra 'What's Happening at the Back of the Orchestra? '