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Sound Unbound 2019

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Join us for a free music festival of unexpected sounds in unexpected places.

Music will burst from the Barbican and out across Culture Mile’s architectural gems with a line-up of artists for whom the boundaries between classical and contemporary, experimental and jazz are blurred – or never even existed in the first place.

Kick back to the music of Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside. Discover the symphony that changed music forever with Stephen Fry. Watch the Academy Award-winning film The Artist with music performed by a live orchestra. And hear the music of Philip Glass reimagined by electronica producer Max Cooper.

From authentic medieval sounds to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces, there are over 100 sessions, installations and more to explore – and you can tap into any of them for free.

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

Saturday and Sunday guides

Download your complete guides to Saturday and Sunday at Sound Unbound, with full timing, venue and artist information for all 100+ sessions.


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Listen: Sound Unbound playlist

A teaser of the music you could hear at this year’s Sound Unbound

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Barbican Sessions: Christoph Sietzen


For our latest Barbican Session, percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs in an empty Cinema 1.

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Listen: Sound Unbound DJ Mix

Listen to G Prokofiev & Classical MechanicsSound Unbound DJ Mix.

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Watch: Sound Unbound

A free music festival of unexpected sounds in unexpected places.

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Barbican Sessions: Bartosz Glowacki


Accordionist Bartosz Glowacki performs the animated third movement ‘Thieves’ from Five views on the Archipelago Gulag by Ukrainian composer Victor Vlasov in the entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

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Watch: Max Cooper and Bruce Brubaker on Glassforms

Bruce Brubaker and Max Cooper talk about Glassforms.

Explore the programme

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. Thanks to The Charterhouse, St Bartholomew the Great, St Bartholomew the Less, City Music Foundation, St Giles’ Cripplegate, LSO St Luke’s, fabric, Dutch Performing Arts and Classical Futures Europe for their kind support.

The Artist is screened by kind permission of Entertainment Film Distributors Ltd. Wilton Diptych video reproduced by permission of Smarthistory.

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