Emily Peasgood, Halfway to Heaven, commissioned by the Creative Foundation for Folkestone Triennial 2017. Image by Thierry Bal.

Emily Peasgood
Halfway to Heaven

Emily Peasgood is a composer and sound artist. She creates research-led music and sound works for galleries and public spaces, ranging from large-scale community events to intimate sound installations. Her work explores the value and perception of sound and music, connecting people with environments that are forgotten or ignored; and is often rooted in political realities.

The artist views her work as pushing the boundaries of what music and sound is believed to be, from the venue in which it’s experienced to the people who perform it. The work is multi-disciplinary in that she collaborates with writers, visual artists and sign language interpreters to create an inclusivity that engages people in more ways than through the mediums of sound and music alone.

Recent works include Lifted, 2016, performed at Turner Contemporary, Margate, ASDA supermarket Folkestone, and Southbank Centre London. Crossing Over 2016, a live composition and surround sound installation for community choir, commissioned by Turner Contemporary, and The Light At The End Of The Tunnel commissioned by Janet Oates for the six-soprano vocal ensemble Philomel, due to premier on 2 November 2017 in the Brunel Shaft at the Brunel Museum Thames Tunnel.

Emily was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire in 1981 and lives in Thanet, Kent.





  1. Posted by Nasir on March 10, 2017 at 12:29 am

    I would love to hear the different musical quotations and see where Em has taken these hymns, for me Em is a genius in what she does so I know I would be amazed and maybe provocatively provoked. 🙂

  2. Posted by Jenna Smith on June 22, 2017 at 3:29 pm

    I can’t wait for this. I’ve been following Emily’s work for years, and love what she does.

  3. Posted by Fay on September 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    Is it possible to obtain a copy of the words (don’t mind paying!) – they were so beautiful and moving.

    • Posted by Emily Peasgood on September 4, 2017 at 11:31 am

      Dear Fay,

      Yes – we are currently designing a leaflet that will be available in The Clearing at The Quarterhouse, hopefully within the next 7-14 days 🙂

      I’m pleased you liked it and thank you for the lovely comment!

      Best wishes


  4. Posted by Kitty Frilling on September 3, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    By far my favourite piece of this years Triennial. You have created something utterly beautiful and ethereal in a way that is completely sympathetic to the environment.

  5. Posted by Sean Mortimore on October 8, 2017 at 8:20 am

    I saw this piece twice over two days and am still thinking about it. Peasgood has produced a work which is intelligent, subtle and moving. I hope that this is one of the pieces which are selected to remain.

  6. Posted by David Jerram on November 5, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Hi Emily,

    Yours was my favourite piece in the Triennial and I would love to know how you discovered this forgotten graveyard and brought it beautifully back into focus, hopefully never to be forgotten ever again?

    For years I have travelled back upstairs on a bus from Folkestone to my home in Capel-le-Ferne and wondered what story lay behind the gravestones directly in my eyeline as the bus came down the hill at New Street.

    Thank you for bringing the importance of the graveyard and it’s history back into attention in such a sympathetic and beautiful way.

    Kind regards.


  7. Posted by Robert on December 16, 2017 at 4:49 am

    The story of how the Forgotten Graveyard was rediscovered after so many years has much to do with a lady called Sheila Bayly.

    With the blossoming of interest in family history which is one of the (benign) consequences of the internet, the happy circumstance arose that Sheila, a fourth cousin of mine, brought to my attention the fact that our great-great-great-grandparents Thomas Bayly and Susannah Bayly (née Woodland) were buried in this remarkable and surely unique plot!

    With the help of the local Baptists, there has been a revival of interest in what must surely count as a hugely poignant story for the town of Folkestone.

    Sheila has not responded to my e-mails for some while and it may be that she is no longer with us, but I salute her enormous body of work in tracing the Bayly family.

    Emily Peasgood has done something spectacular by producing a happening which can be appreciated by a massively greater audience than those of us who huddle over our computers trying to trace our family trees.

    Quite honestly, I would not have believed four years ago when I visited the Forgotten Graveyard for the first time (and if was just a riot of brambles) that it would now take its place as a nationally appreciated exhibition of sound, sentiment and beauty.

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