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BEATEN TRACK ENSEMBLE
Rosie founded her percussion ensemble BeatenTrack in 2015 .
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 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 broadcasts on BBC Radio 3's 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 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 premiere 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.
Welcome to our latest concert and workshop...
By hitting, scraping, rubbing and shaking numerous different and unusual instruments our hands are constantly in motion. Hands Up is a theatrical experience fusing large-scale body movements through to delicate finger taps. Instruments and electronics are paired in new combinations as well as classical xylophones with children’s’ toys. Come with us on a journey to see and hear percussion in ways you have not experienced before! Programme includes new commissions from the UK and New Zealand as well as favourites by Mauricio Kagel, Steve Reich and Per Nørgård.
Percussion is instantly accessible to all ages- easy to grasp yet challenging to master. We can't wait to share our passion for percussion and allow our audience to get up close with instruments and body percussion. Using a mixture of rhythmic games, song and ensemble music making we'll devise music to be proud of. We have extensive experience curating and delivering workshops in classical and world music. Hands On is especially suitable to school groups or community centres where the whole family can get involved.