Sound Unbound, the ambitious weekend-long project celebrating classical music from the medieval era to the present day returns 18-19 May and, for the first time, will be completely free. A Culture Mile event programmed by the Barbican, the festival will explore unexpected spaces across Culture Mile, which stretches from Farringdon to Moorgate in the north-west of the Square Mile, celebrating fantastic music alongside the history and heritage of the area. http://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2019/event/sound-unbound. (Main image credit: informal Credit Eric Richmond and Joe Swift)
The line-up will feature artists such as award winning and record chart topping classical guitarist Miloš, whose repertoire ranges from Rodrigo to Beatles; Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès performing one of Beethoven’s most popular works, the Eroica symphony; Wave Ensemble and the Academy of Ancient Music presenting Bach in new arrangements for two marimbas and orchestra; Peter Dijkstra conducting the BBC Singers in choral music through the ages; Gabriel Prokofiev and Nonclassical hosting a DJ clubnight and presenting Nonclassical @ fabric; Belgian electric guitar quartet Zwerm performing Renaissance music and, together with New York based electric guitar quartet Dither, Steve Reich’s Electric Counterpoint; London Symphony Chorus presenting Orff’s classic Carmina Burana accompanied by two pianos and percussion; Chineke! Orchestra performing music by Britten and Holst; viol player Liam Byrne who will transform old music into something new in a programme that also includes Nico Muhly’s Long Phrases for the Wilton Diptych (inspired by The Wilton Diptych from 1395-9); and Street Orchestra Live giving pop-up performances throughout the festival
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 Guildhall School of Music & Drama.
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