Wysing Polyphonic is a fully acoustic art and music festival that explores the sonic potential of the voice, instruments and objects.

"One of the UK's most tightly curated festivals" The Wire, 2015

"The Quietus have been regulars on the coach to-and-from the Cambridgeshire countryside for Wysing's festival over the past few years. We're thrilled to be increasing our participation in 2016 by partnering one of the best arts events in the calendar." The Quietus, media partners for Wysing Polyphonic

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10pm / Evan Parker
8.45pm / Jennifer Walshe and Tomomi Adachi
7.30pm / David Toop with Sylvia Hallett, Elaine Mitchener & Roger Turner 
6.15pm / Laura Cannell
5pm / Barnaby Brown
4pm / Sam Belinfante with Elaine Mitchener & Musarc
2.45pm / Jenny Moore with Ela Barczewski, Kate Bones, Phil Brunner, Simon Clark, Mario D'Agostino, Andrew Kershaw, Sophie Mallet, Fay Nicholson, Sophie Ramsay, Heloise Tunstall-Behrens and Raimond Wong
1.45pm / Adam Bohman
12.30pm / Pierre Berthet


10.15pm / Richard Dawson
9pm / Adam Christensen
7.30pm / Rachel Benson, Crispin Best, Megan Nolan, Linda Stupart
6.30pm / Secluded Bronte with Andy Holden
5.15pm / O Yama O (Rie Nakajima & Keiko Yamamoto)
4.15pm / Paul Purgas
3.15pm / Larry Achiampong and David Blandy
2.15pm / Laura O'Neill and Natalie Price Hafslund
1pm / Florence Peake and Catherine Hoffmann



In Reception
 / Sam Belinfante and Musarc perform 'Tape Music' by Lin Chi-Wei
4.30pm / Emma Smith and the Whistling Orchestra
All day / ​SAVORR discusses the nature of sound – its meaning, its potential, its limits and its history – through a selection of written works that offer diverse responses to a deliberately ambiguous brief. Artists, writers and musicians present their understanding of sound, including words from Kirstin Bicker, Daniel Clark, James Hassall, Krzysztof Fijalkowski, Simon Pomery, Paul Purgas, Rashid Uri and more.

In the Courtyard
7pm / Keef Winter and Steve Ennis
3pm / Pierre Berthet performs 'Galileo' by Tom Johnson



In the Studio Stage
5.15-6.15pm / Primary artists Frank Abbott, Bruce Asbestos, Wayne Burrows, Rebecca Lee, Alison Lloyd and Reactor come together in a variety of combinations to explore the lines between sound and language, sense and non-sense. Spoken and sung performances will include the Scratch Orchestra’s Georgina Cries, a forgetful cowboy, a live version of Reactor's Peeza Peel and an interpretation of songs from Alfred Jarry's Ubu Cocu.
2-3pm / Barnaby Brown talks about ancient instruments including the triple pipes and the silver pipes of Ur.

In the Greenhouse
2-6pm / French Riviera consider ideas of post urban living with live performances that contemplate the place of the artist in a contemporary society that increasingly homogenises creativity, alternative living and the creation of a future utopia. Performers include Das Hund, Euan Hinshelwood, Ellen Mara De Watcher and Lucy Woodhouse. Plus a communal poetry performance created from an open call. 


In the Woods
1-6pm / OUTPOST presents 'The Temporary Research Centre for Myths, Stories, Tales and Fables', exploring the nature and themes of stories and how they are remembered, told, and passed on. Festival goers are invited to join the artists in their research hub and, with the help of props and toys, regale their own stories and anecdotes of folklore and mystery. Each story will be gathered into the artists growing research collection.

Wysing Polyphonic is conceived and curated by Wysing Director, Donna Lynas, and is supported with funding from Arts Council England. Pierre Berthet’s participation is supported by Wallonie Bruxelles-International. With thanks to Aldeburgh Music. Media Partners: The Quietus