Heloise Tunstall-Behrens, Trinity Laban Conservatoire

Through ‘Petroglyph’, Heloise Tunstall-Behrens investigates myths surrounding Paleolithic stone carvings, inspired by Gobustan National Park in Azerbaijan.  The piece continues her interest in vocal writing, which began with an experimental opera, ’The Swarm’ written about honey bees.  The piece contains vocals from herself and Franziska Boehm, which are combined in formations inspired by the flocking patterns of birds, in an ongoing investigation into the dynamics of collective behaviour.  Tunstall-Behrens layers the vocals with field recordings of ringing stones and rock echoes as a further research into ‘archeo-acoustics’.  Written for Huddersfield Immersive Sound System (HISS), the piece will be performed at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival this year.


Heloise Tunstall-Behrens is a London-based composer, singer, performer and installation artist, working in the field between vocal and instrumental music, electronics and performance. Heloise’s research investigates the spatialisation of sound and the resonance of bodies, spaces and objects. She is currently working with dancers from Trinity Laban, where she is studying a Masters of Music in Composition, exploring the balance on the threshold between body, voice, space, and sound. In 2016, she received Arts Council England funding to write and perform The Swarm, a 60-minute choral work about swarming honey bees, which will soon be released as an album. In December 2018, she had an orchestral piece performed which explored the resonant frequencies of a cave. She currently sings and composes with the all-female Deep Throat Choir (Bella Union).

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