The Barbican’s free music festival is back with and more unbounded.
With Culture Mile ramping emitting a gradually louder hum of activity, this year’s iteration of the genre-dissolving festival has an even wider range of venues to choose from. Spaces like Charterhouse and Fabric are now in play alongside the ability to roam freely throughout the primary Barbican complex.
The programme is packed with enough variety to hold the attention of even the most distractable of minds, with a few highlights that caught our eyes in particular:
Songs for the Soul with BBC Singers (18 May)
nonclassical @ fabric (18 May)
Klezmer Wedding (19 May)
Glassforms with Max Cooper and Bruce Brubaker (19 May)
Chineke! Orchestra – Elegy for Stephen Lawrence (19 May)
Sound Unbound 2019 runs across 18-19 May 2019 in various venues throughout Barbican and Culture Mile. More details here.
Sound Unbound sees the Barbican fling its doors wide open to share intimate encounters with classical music. The 60 performances represent 60 different opportunities to taste something new and interesting from a spectrum of pioneering, brilliant ensembles and composers.
In particular, we’re looking forward to Chilly Gonzales with Britten Sinfonia conducted by Jules Buckley in the world premiere performance of The Young-ish Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. You can also catch the orchestra with Alison Balsom and Timo Andres for a jazz-inflected programme of Rhapsody in Blue and Miles Davis’s Sketches of Spain.
Guiding another generation through and to classical music is BBC Young Musician 2016 winner cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason who performs as one third of a trio, joined by his talented siblings on violin and piano.
Anna Meredith‘s work grows ever more interesting plumage with every year, and the Curve Gallery is privileged to be hosting an installation performance called ‘Hum’. The infinitely hip Pit Sessions in association with Boiler Room will also be channeling Calder Quartet, Liam Byrne and Ensemble Nevermind never satiate your desire for online-streamed cool.
Events are scattered (in an artful manner) across Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 April so you might want to check out what’s going on when and then enjoy the wanderlust of the open-house. Check it out here.