BE play live at Coventry Cathedral, Saturday 7 October 2017.

Wolfgang Buttress curates a site specific performance at Coventry Cathedral on Saturday 7th October 2017.  Music ensemble BE will perform a unique soundscape that features the live-streamed sound of 50,000 bees from a hive within the Cathedral grounds alongside an inclusive choir developed specifically for the evening.

BE will perform their critically acclaimed album ONE; a constantly changing and evolving multi-sensory symphony - a dialogue between bee and human. An integral part of the performance will be hosted by a bespoke community choir engineered by the Pod's Collective//Pod, an artist collective derived by members with lived experience of mental ill health.  The Pod is Coventry City Council's award winning mental health resource and creative hub.  

Acclaimed perfumers Haeckels have created a bespoke site-specific scent for the evening, which is derived from local botanicals and the essential oils from a newly installed bee hive in the Cathedral.

BE is the collective name for the musicians who recorded the soundscape for Wolfgang Buttress’s multi-award-winning sculpture The Hive which is currently sited at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The Hive seeks to highlight the importance of the honey bee in our food chain and their plight as a species.

BE have created critically acclaimed sell-out performances at Glastonbury, Blue Dot, Caught by the River Thames, End of the Road festivals, St Mary’s Church in Nottingham and inside the Hive at Kew. Tim Jonze, The Guardian music editor, voted BE one of his top five gigs of last year. The soundscape ONE was voted as one of the best albums of 2016 by Rough Trade, The Guardian and The Quietus.

This event is part of Collective//Pod’s annual mental health arts festival Scratch the Surface - DIALOGUE and is supported by Coventry City Council and Coventry Cathedral.

Date: Saturday 7th October 2017

Performance starts: 7:30pm

Venue: Coventry Cathedral, 1 Hill Top, Coventry , CV1 5AB

Tickets: £35 Premium (online booking fee applies) £25 Regular (online booking fee applies)

Tickets Available: online at (booking fee applies) or in person from Coventry Cathedral Gift Shop

Photo: Wolfgang Buttress studio

Photo: Wolfgang Buttress studio

BE play live at St Marys Church Nottingham

On 16th and 17th December 2016, BE played their critically acclaimed album ONE plus preview new material recorded with the Nottingham honey bees and St. Mary's Church Choir. The sounds and vibrations from over 40,000 honey bees were live streamed into St. Mary's Church from a local beehive in Brackenhurst, Nottinghamshire. The renowned St. Mary's Choir accompanyed BE throughout the whole performance. A state of the art 3D surround sound system was commissioned for these performances, visual imagery from The Hive project was projected onto the musicians and the church.

Wolfgang Buttress worked with renowned perfumiers and candle makers Haeckels to create an installation which illuminated the performance and filled the space with the smell and essence of the church gardens. These special limited edition candles are available from More BE information from

One by BE featured in Rough Trades Albums of the Year

One by BE was No.23 of 100 in Rough Trades 'Albums of the Year' 2016.

'One' is the soundtrack to artist Wolfgang Buttress' multiple award-winning UK Pavilion at the 2015 Milan EXPO - an installation that highlighted the plight of the honey bee, focusing on the importance of pollination. The music on the record is a constantly changing and evolving symphony - the sound of a dialogue between bee and human.

BE performed at St Mary's Church, Lace Market, Nottingham on the 16th and 17th December 2016.