Sound Unbound - The Barbican Classical Weekender

  • Barbican Centre

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 showcasingthe 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 announced so far 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.