This October we stage one of our most ambitious projects yet, and open up the entire Centre to sounds old and new.
Sound Unbound is a weekend festival that releases classical music from its traditional confines: you can tap into any of the short sessions in our Conservatory, foyers or concert halls, engage in debates around the genre, take a pint in and live tweet the concert, or go all night with a Nonclassical DJ set and our Classical Overnighter.
From the full force of a 100-piece symphony orchestra to intimate solo sets, the varied programme is curated to demonstrate music’s visceral and emotional power. But we’re also showcasing the work of some of the contemporary voices in the genre with the likes of Max Richter, Philip Glass and Steve Reich – and our expert Hosts will be on hand to guide you through the programme. So if you’re curious about classical, grab a drink, soak up the sounds and see where the music takes you.
Performers include John Adams with the London Symphony Orchestra, James Rhodes, Max Richter, Academy of Ancient Music, Nicola Benedetti, Gabriel Prokofiev, Maya Beiser, Calder Quartet, Jeremy Denk, Nicole Car, James McVinnnie, Speak Percussion, BBC Singers, VOCES8, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia plus many more to be announced.
Music by John Adams, Vivaldi, Mozart, Thomas Adès, Rachmaninov, John Luther Adams, Steve Reich, Handel, Ravel, Philip Glass, Anna Clyne, Osvaldo Golijov, Schubert, Gabriel Prokofiev, Bach, Stravinsky, Daníel Bjarnason, Monteverdi, Holst, Beethoven, and many more.
For more info on weekend and day passes, and to see who’s performing when, see above tabs.
The Barbican Classical Weekender is a joint project between the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, the Academy of Ancient Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Sound Unbound will take place across the Barbican Centre, Milton Court, LSO St Luke's and St Giles Cripplegate