Meet the Artists: Beth Higham-Edwards

Meet Beth! A Spitalfields Music Trainee Music Leader, who’s working with Stewart Headlam Primary School for our Takeover Spring Festival day.

Could you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Hello, I am Beth and I am a percussionist and workshop leader. I live in London and enjoy going to markets and watching concerts.

What are you most looking forward to about your school’s Takeover festival?

I am most looking forward to transforming Year 3’s creative ideas into reality over the next few weeks and thinking about how to include music, art and storytelling into the festival day.

How did you come to start making music?

I started making music at primary school where we were able to learn the recorder. I enjoyed learning music so much that I never stopped.

What is your biggest inspiration and why?

Music itself is my biggest inspiration. Listening to music gives me a lot of ideas for my own work and also gives me drive to keep working hard in order to have a career in music.

When you’re not making music, what do you get up to?

I enjoy going to the theatre and reading books. I have recently started listening to podcasts. I try to fill the time I am not making music with meeting friends and having a laugh.

Could you share three favourite projects you’ve worked on recently?

I recently was in a production called ‘Tales from the Ditch’ with Spitalfields Music’s winter festival. I loved it because it was a very unique production, like nothing I had done before. It took place in a maze of rooms and corridors which make up the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall. The audience were free to explore as actors and historians told tales of the ever changing East End.

I am currently involved in the London Chamber Orchestra’s education series ‘Music Junction.’ I am enjoying this as it brings together students from a range of backgrounds with the unanimous goal of making music.

I also enjoy working in the studio and have recently done a cajon session for the
sample library ‘Spitfire’, a session for an upcoming artist ‘Tusks’ and a session for the band Alt J, both on marimba. I love the opportunity to play in a range of styles and with percussion you may not find in the orchestra.