Tuesday 28 June – Friday 1 July 2022

University of Birmingham

Four days of music, ideas and dialogue to celebrate 40 years of BEAST

Over the past four decades Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre (BEAST) has become one of the leading systems for the presentation of electronic music in the world, and a catalyst for innovation in the field. While never losing its roots as a champion of acousmatic composition (music for loudspeakers alone) and an innovator in the creation of immersive sonic experiences in concert, it has developed into a platform for a wide variety of sound-based art in various styles and genres. 

Join us for four days of music, ideas and dialogue to celebrate 40 years of BEAST and the 70th Birthday of BEAST founder Jonty Harrison. The festival will feature artists involved with BEAST throughout its history (Hans Tutschku, Natasha Barrett, Emma Margetson, Jorge Garcia, Nikki Sheth, and Sohrab Uduman, to name just a few), music from long-time friends of BEAST Robert Normandeau and Simon Emmerson – with the world premiere of his new piece – and the world premiere of a special commission by Jonty Harrison.

Guest Artists

Jonty Harrison

Simon Emmerson

Robert Normandeau

+ Artists & friends from across the 40 years of BEAST’s history, including: 

Savannah Agger · Jo Anderson · Daniel Barreiro · David Berezan  · Manfredi Clemente · Mark Ferguson · Greg Grigoropoulos · Natasha Barrett · Julien Guilliamat · Jonty Harrison · Jo Hyde · Constantinos Kontos · Andrew Lewis · Elainie Lillios · Charlie Lockwood · Norah Lorway · Alistair Macdonald · Annie Mahtani · Emma Margetson · Andreas Mniestris · Jorge Garcia Moncada · Adrian Moore · Stephen Naylor · Erik Nyström · Antti Saario · Iain Armstrong · Nikki Sheth · Angela Soares da Ponte · Pete Stollery · Hans Tutschku · Sohrab Uduman · Nick Virgo · Hasnizam Abdul Wahid · Scott Wilson · When Tuba Come One Quartet with James Carpenter & Alex Hall · Duncan Forsyth Forrest

More information on the festival programme will follow soon!