BETH HIGHAM -EDWARDS
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.
In 2021 Beth and french horn player Letty Stott launched a new initiative - Gender and the Large and Shiny Instruments. The aim of the initiative is to promote gender equality for instrumentalists and celebrate fantastic performers working in the industry.
Read more about it here - www.largeandshiny.com
Beth has spoken on panels including at the ABO conference, 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.
She was also recently referenced in the arts council report on creating a fairer and more inclusive classical music sector in England - www.artscouncil.org.uk/diversity/creating-fairer-and-more-inclusive-classical-music-sector-england