Archive of Author | Heloise Tunstall-Behrens

Heloise Tunstall-Behrens is a composer and multi-instrumentalist.  She is inspired by nature and likes to explore the functioning of cooperative networks through music and musical projects. She composes and performs with the psych-rock group Landshapes (Bella Union), is one half of the synth-pop duo Lunch and sings with Deep Throat Choir. ‘The Swarm’ is her second piece for voices and is inspired by the reading of ‘Honeybee Democracy‘ by Dr Thomas D. Seeley as well as the bees she tends in Hackney, London (@bootstrapbees).

Articles with Heloise Tunstall-Behrens


The Swarm: a choral exploration of honeybees

“For me, the swarming process is a metaphor for the journey towards achieving a collective identity. A ritual for social cohesion. The swarm must unite as a colony if they want to survive.”

Heloise Tunstall-Behrens, together with co-director and movement designer Roswitha Gerlitz and composer Auclair, presented her musical project ‘The Swarm’ at the Vault Festival, London in February 2017. ‘The Swarm’ uses an all-female choir to reproduce the noise of a beehive, along with an urban soundscape as a backdrop. Choral music, voice and movement merge in this avant-garde piece, which hopes to raise awareness of the endangered condition of honeybees and their importance in a city environment.