guests of Scare the Horses, Boardwalk House, Exeter 22.5.2019

On 22nd May 2019 Scare the Horses invited us to create compositions to frame a screening of Fabrizio Terranova’s Storytelling for Earthly Survival, a biographical film about celebrated eco-feminist Donna Haraway in Broadwalk House in the centre of Exeter. After the performance, Paula Crutchlow, the curator and host of Scare the Horses, interviewed us about our contribution to the screening, alongside bee keeper Jason Wallis and Operations Manager Andy Littlejohns who run the city centre apiary project nearby in Princesshay.

The prelude we made was Composed by Bees for paper cup-and-string telephones with bees and entangled audience, with a listening score for audience as the postlude. You can listen to our interview with Paula, below.

now is the moment to learn hope

A Quiet Night In invite people to join them at 10:30am on Friday 29 March 2019 in the workshop at Exeter Phoenix to perform Antoine Beuger’s 2018 piece ‘now is the moment to learn hope’. We perform this consciously at a time of huge change and upheaval in our world. In the words of John Holloway, whose talk in 2016 inspired the work …

“Now is the time to learn hope …
not just to hope that everything will be alright.
But to learn hope …
hope as a way of thinking that opens paths to a different world.”

To take part, bring an instrument, or sound making device, and join us at 10:30 am for an 11 am start. The score is attached, please read it carefully. It is an open-ended piece in terms of duration, but we imagine we will be finished by 1 pm.

Any questions, contact Emma or Tony.

guests at Music is Murder, 9.6.18

Tony Whitehead and Emma Welton performed all the things we make you do (2016) by James Saunders

Part of ‘Music is Murder’ at Exeter Phoenix.

all the things we make you do comprises a set of instructions in different categories which are spoken by audience members during the performance and which govern the actions made by the players. It is part of the group of connected pieces things to do, and may be performed simultaneously with other pieces in the group.

Twelfth Quiet Night In

St Martin’s Church, 24th May 2018. Part of Art Week Exeter

an evening of quiet, contemporary music for solo, duo and quintet

Louis d’Heudieres Laughter Studies 2

Tim Parkinson Violin piece

Jeph Jerman For Tony Whitehead 

Charlie Sdraulig Few 

performers Dan Cray, Roz Harding, Ruth Molins, Emma Welton, Tony Whitehead

Eleventh Quiet Night In

Exeter Phoenix Gallery 21.4.2018

An evening of quiet, contemporary music inspired by textiles.

Felicity Ford Knitsonik

Hugh Nankivell Between the Lines, based on work by artist Heidrun Schimmel

Paul Ramsay


Billie Harbottle, Roz Harding, Ruth Molins, Emma Welton, Tony Whitehead

Tenth Quiet Night In

Friday 2nd February 2018, 7.30pm

‘the stones of the wall will cry out/ and the beams of the wood work will echo it’

Our first Quiet Night In for 2018 will take place among the stones, wooden beams, painted angels and witches’ marks of St Nicholas Priory, The Mint, (off Fore Street), Exeter EX4 3BL

Pay What You Decide (cash on the door).

Anastassis Philippakopoulos  ‘song for bass flute’
Christian Wolff ‘Looking North’
Alison Knowles ‘Nivea Cream piece’
Stephan Thut ‘zwei’
Jürg Frey ‘Un champ de tendresse parsemé d’adieux’
Daniel Brandes ‘a tenuous we’



Billie Harbottle, Tony Whitehead, Emma Welton, Sarah Owen, Ruth Molins, Alice Kemp, Dan Cray, Roz Harding.

Ninth Quiet Night In

On Saturday 14th October Bristol Expanded Experimental Film (BEEF) invited us to their home at The Brunswick Club, Bristol, for an afternoon playing the scores of Pauline Oliveros and an evening concert of quiet music.


Fifteen of us played five text scores by Pauline Oliveros, the musical visionary and pioneer of deep, active listening (1932 – 2016). The scores prompted us to create music without learning or reading notes, in a free way of music making that is reliant on ways of listening and responding. For much more about Pauline Oliveros and her musical world see her official website

The five scores we played:

From unknown silences

One sound once

Rock piece


Sound piece


John Lely Desk Bells desk bells (performed by Billie Harbottle)

Frank Denyer A Woman Singing solo voice (sung by Sarah Owen)

Antoine Beuger keine fernen mehr  (soft whistling by Emma Welton

John Cage Litany for the whale  (sung by Sarah Owen and Emma Welton)

Jürg Frey Un champ de tendresse parsemé d’adieux (leaves, small stones and soft whistling by Nick Janaway, Billie Harbottle, Daniel Cray, Sarah Owen and Emma Welton)

Emma Welton & the Ensemble THE END (reading, brooms and brushes)