Gwyneth Herbert
Vocalist, Composer

Vocalist, multi-instrumentalist, composer & musical activist Gwyneth Herbert (“a remarkably gifted talent” – The Guardian) has worked in collaboration with writers, musicians, directors, choreographers, visual artists, academics, clowns and young people to create a canon of genre-defying interdisciplinary work, as well as seven critically acclaimed albums under her own name.

Her ambitious 2018 touring project Letters I Haven’t Written explored the notion of meaningful connection in an increasingly noisy world, through storytelling, music, film (from leading video designer Will Duke) and creative engagement with different communities. These projects include a community sight-specific Opera in Lewisham, London, as part of the 2022 Borough of Culture Celebrations with arts charity Music And Theatre For All; an opera with Kenyan storyteller Ogutu Muraya about decolonising narratives, a musical with playwright Finn Beames about pole dancing in the Cotswolds, and an animated exploration of climate change with video designer Will Duke… and as many kids as she can Zoom into her living room.

As well as co-creating Bristol Old Vic’s record-breaking productions of A Christmas Carol (2018-19, with remount 2019-20) and The Nutcracker (2022-23), other composer/lyricist credits include Peter Pan (Sherman Theatre, 2023),The Snow Queen (2016, Bristol Old Vic), The A-Z of Mrs P (Southwark Playhouse, 2014) and The Rhythm Method (The Wellcome Trust, both with playwright Diane Samuels); adaptations of Terence Rattigan’s After Lydia (the Watermill, dir. Maria Friedman, 2014) and Peter Barnes’ Before the Law (Sidney Brown Memorial Award Special Commendation.)

As a composer, she has enjoyed multiple commissions from the London Sinfonietta, Mahogany Opera Group, Roman River Festival and Snape Maltings, including her arrangement of a Swahili folk-song that was performed by 100,000 children across the world at once. She has conducted her film score for The Patsy; at The BFI Silent Film Festival in 2010, and created three musical/film/art installations works with regular artist collaborator Mel Brimfield, including The Palace That Joan Built, (Art on the Underground / Theatre Royal Stratford East).