Beaten Track Duo is the new travelling team in Beaten Track Ensemble- providing concerts and workshops to the far reaches of the UK.
Beaten Track Ensemble is a vibrant, all female percussion group providing a collaborative and forward thinking performance experience with the focus to reach a diverse audience.
Their debut was in partnership 2015 with Tate Modern Gallery’s exhibition ‘Calder: Performing Sculpture’ and director Richard Bernas for the UK premier of Earle Brown’s Calder Piece.
Molly, Rosie, Beth and Dori met at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and share a passion for percussion and an experimental approach to performance.. Their concerts incorporate audiovisual elements such as projection, electronics and lighting as well as embracing the physicality and theatricality of percussion to create a show that is both visually and aurally engaging. They particularly enjoy graphic scores and arranging works with imaginative instrumentation. Listeners can enjoy music by John Cage and Beyoncé in the same sitting!
Beaten Track has also had media attention, with two BBC Radio 3 broadcasts on In Tune. They’ve continued their exploration of the visual arts, having performed for and collaborated with international sculptor Jeff Lowe. In 2016 they were be invited to perform at the Pure Gold festival at Goldsmiths with their original concert series Tick-Tock, Doodles and Toys.
They recently worked with director of Salisbury Chamber Chorus, Simon McEnery, who was writing a new piece for choir and percussion quartet. Together they developed exciting and challenging percussion parts to complement the text, an ‘atheist mass’ with scientific words set to music. They performed the world premier in London July 2017, and then again the week later in Salisbury.
Beaten Track were awarded an Artist fellowship from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama 2016-17. This allowed space and facilities to develop as a group and collaborate with Guildhall student composers. Part of their fellowship also involved a teaching role in the percussion department. They led practical classes in African percussion, workshop-leading and preparing for life as a freelance musician.
The ensemble members all enjoy varied freelance careers based in London- working with companies such as The National Theatre, English National Opera, Wigmore Hall, London Symphony Orchestra, Spitalfields Music, Artis and Blackheath Conservatoire.