Gwyneth Herbert is a strikingly original performer, award-winning composer and lyricist and versatile musical adventurer who continues to redefine and challenge expectations. Drawing on influences from the worlds of jazz, folk, contemporary classical music and storytelling, she has worked in collaboration with writers, musicians, directors, choreographers, visual artists, academics, clowns and young people to create a huge canon of genre-defying interdisciplinary work, as well as touring nationally and internationally with her band and releasing six critically acclaimed albums to date on major, independent and self-owned labels.
The most recent of these, 2012’s The Sea Cabinet - an intricate exploration of the sea in all its magic, majesty and mystery - received rave reviews and a large-scale multi-art form tour followed, involving prose, live water sculpture projections and pirate flashmob choruses recruited from local communities. Long-recognised for her rare vocal talents and extraordinary ability to connect emotionally with her audience, the tour further enhanced Gwyneth’s reputation as one the most imaginative and idiosyncratic artists of her generation.
Since then she has performed her own work with the London Sinfonietta, toured across the world with her band and received enormous acclaim for her work on numerous projects as composer and lyricist, ranging from the Bristol Old Vic’s hugely successful production of The Snow Queen - for which she was also musical director and voice of the title role - to a song for EastEnders character Bex!
2018 sees the launch of her ambitious and hugely anticipated seventh album and live show, Letters I Haven’t Written, songs from which she recently previewed in session for BBC Radio 2 and live from the Edinburgh Festival on BBC Radio 3. Gwyneth describes the project as "a musical, narrative and visual journey exploring the lost art of letter writing. Through blots of heartbreak, strokes of curiosity and scribbles of whimsy, Letters... unearths the emotional complexities of putting pen to paper, and, in a climate of status updates and limited characters, seeks to find a more meaningful dialogue with the world”.