Sound Unbound 2019

Street orchestra of London performing on the Lakeside

A free music festival where over 800 years of music and architecture collide.

For its third edition, Sound Unbound is about unexpected sounds in unexpected places, as classical music bursts from the concert hall and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems: hear the strains of Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside, soak up ambient sounds in Farringdon’s super-club Fabric and discover choral music alongside terrapins in our Conservatory. And this year, you can tap into any of the 100 sessions, installations and more for free.

The weekend features artists for whom the boundaries between classical music and contemporary, experimental music and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place. This year’s full line-up and family activities will be announced in the spring, but as a flavour previous Sound Unbounds have featured the likes of Max Richter, Alison Balsom and twelve helium-powered harmonicas.

Some sessions have limited capacity, and access is on a first-come, first-served basis

A Culture Mile Event

Sound Unbound is a joint project between the Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama


Architecture Tours

See the Barbican from a new perspective


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Listen: Contemporary Classical on Spotify

Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.

Collection: Architecture

Brutal or beautiful? One of London's best examples of Brutalist architecture and a Grade II listed building, explore the fascinating architecture of the Barbican and the surrounding estate through photography, film and features.

Barbican and Culture Mile