BEAST FEaST 2022 Reviewed, Part 1

Source: 5:4.

The key word, i think, is “feast”. There was something gloriously gluttonous about the quantity of music performed at BEAST FEaST 2022, though considering the festival was celebrating both the 40th anniversary of the founding of Birmingham ElectroAcoustic Sound Theatre and the recent 70th birthday of its founder Jonty Harrison, such enthusiastic generosity seemed appropriate. Due to this dual celebration, in addition to presenting new works the eight concerts were also used for a retrospective, bringing back music and composers associated with BEAST during the last four decades. This was illuminating and revealing, in all sorts of ways.