Photographer: Lee Thompson

Emily Peasgood (born 1981 in Grimsby, Lincolnshire) is a BASCA award-winning composer, sound artist and visual artist. She creates research-led and site specific interactive artworks for galleries and public spaces, ranging from large-scale community events to intimate sound installations. Peasgood uses intricate sound and technology design to invite connection with people and places that are forgotten, overlooked, or surrounded by histories that can be remembered through sound. Peasgood uses sound and music to evoke truth, history, stories and the imagination, creating sonic spaces that invite visitors to be a part of her work. Peasgood’s work has been described as magical  (The Times), evocative (The Telegraph), and memorable (A-N). Emily views her work as pushing the boundaries of what music and sound is believed to be, from the venue it is experienced in to the people who perform it. Her work is often multi-disciplinary, including literature, visual art, and sign language interpreters to engage people in more ways than sound and music alone. 

Peasgood is a PhD scholar at Canterbury Christ Church University composing experimental music for community choirs. She trained as an opera singer at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and ENO Baylis and studied ethnomusicology, electro-acoustic composition and sound production at City University.


(2019) Ivor Composer’s Award Nomination: Community or educational project for Never Again (2018). Award ceremony 4 December 2019, British Museum, London.

(2018) British Composer Award Winner: Sonic Art for Halfway to Heaven (2017).

(2017) British Composer Award Nomination: Community and Educational Project for Crossing Over (2016)

(2017) British Composer Award Nomination: Community and Educational Project for Birds and other Stories (2017)

(2017) Kent Creative Award Winner: Music

(2017) Canterbury Christ Church University: Faculty of Arts and Humanities Research Prize for Crossing Over (2016)

(2017) Centre for Practice-Based Research in the Arts. Research Output Documentation Award for Landscapes (2014)

Selected works

2018 Never Again Composition for community choir and archival sound recordings, for the WW1 Centenary. Ideas Test
2018 The Illusion of Conscious Thought Site specific sound installation in Hastings East & West Hill Funicular Lifts. Coastal Currents, Hastings
2018 Requiem for Crossbones Site specific composition, multi-channel sound installation & sculptures. Illuminate Productions for Merge Festival 2018
2018 VOICE100 100 voices, augmented into a contemporary beat poem in 5.1 surround. Commisioned by POW!Thanet for International Women’s Week.
2017 Halfway to Heaven Site specific composition & multi-channel sound installation. Folkestone Triennial 2017
2017 The light at the end of the tunnel For 6 soprano voices Commissioned by Janet Oates for     Philomel, with the support of Projonix
2017 BIRDS and other stories For mixed voice choir, poets, story-tellers and spoken voices Commissioned by POW!Thanet for International Women’s Week 2017
2016 Crossing Over For community choir, recorded voices, mobile telephones and ocean drums Commissioned by Turner Contemporary, with the support of Canterbury Christ Church University
2016 LIFTED For mixed voice choir, beat boxer, sign language interpreter and lift operator Funded by Arts Council England, in partnership with Turner Contemporary
2014 Jeremy Deller’s English Magic Three reimagined arrangements of pop songs for steel band and community choir Turner Contemporary, supported by Arts Council England, in partnership with Melodians Steel Orchestra and Thanet Big Sing Community Choir
2014 Landscapes A song cycle for mixed voice choir, flute, poet, piano and sign language interpreter in response to the exhibition ‘Making Painting: The work of J.M.W. Turner and Helen Frankenthaler Turner Contemporary, in partnership with Arts Council England and Thanet Big Sing Community Choir
2012 Collective Spirit For brass band and community choir, in collaboration with Megan Henwood Commissioned by Lone Twin ‘Artists Taking The Lead’, London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and Parrabola