Somerset House Studios

Wysing Polyphonic x Somerset House Studios

Sat 07 Sep 2019
13.00 - 01.00
Wysing Arts Centre

Beatrice Dillon b2b TTB, Zuli (in residence),  Ziúr, Jesse Darling, Flora Yin-Wong, AMRA, Valentina Magaletti, Emma Smith, Jennifer Walshe, Erica Scourti + more tba

This year Wysing Arts Centre turns 30, and Somerset House Studios is honoured to have been invited to guest curate Wysing Polyphonic, its annual festival of music and sound, now celebrating its tenth year.

The 2019 programme will consider the idea of connection, moving beyond the Cambridgeshire site as a place where artists meet and experiment to consider connection beyond the physical: connection as a channel of communication; an incantation, returning, or heralding; the calling on an ‘other’ or unknown to understand different worlds and possibilities.

Beatrice Dillon

Ahmed El Ghazoly – also known as Cairo producer and multi-instrumentalist Zuli - will be one of two artists in residence developing performances for Wysing Polyphonic throughout August. Returning as extended Polyphonic family will be Jennifer Walshe, Valentina Magaletti and Beatrice Dillon, Dillon presenting a unique b2b set with current Studios ‘curator in residence’ Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura (NTS). Both Flora Yin-Wong and Somerset House Studio alumni Erica Scourti will be performing newly commissioned works, and current residents AMRA will present their commissioned performance from the Studio’s 2018 Assembly series. Plus Berlin’s mould breaking techno producer Ziúr presents the live UK debut of her new album and, for the first time in the UK, Jesse Darling and Ziúr perform The Low Bar, their radio play of music and spoken word, originally commissioned by Berlin Community Radio.

Somerset House Studios and Wysing Arts Centre have worked closely together since the Studios launched in 2016, sharing a joint ambition to support experimental work across disciplines, and to connect a network of artists beyond the duration of any residency. The 2019 edition of Wysing Polyphonic marks the first time the two organisations have collaborated to support the creation of new works.

If you have questions about access needs for the festival, please email Wysing’s Head of Operations, Ceri Littlechild, on 

Wysing Arts Centre and Somerset House Studios are pleased to be partnering with Cambridge Junction on the production of the festival.

In partnership with The Wire

Artwork: nimiia ïzinibimi by Jenna Sutela