A performance at last years Sound Unbound playing the trumpet.

Sound Unbound

A free music festival of unexpected sounds in unexpected places.

Music burst from the concert hall 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.

Highlights included Steve Reich on the Barbican Lakeside, ambient sounds in Farringdon’s super-club fabric, a musical walking trail around the historic backstreets of Smithfield and Gregorian chanting in the intimate chapel of The Charterhouse.

From authentic medieval sounds to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces, there were over 100 sessions, installations and more to explore – all for free.

The complete guides for Sound Unbound can be found here: Saturday and Sunday with full timing, venue and artist information for all 100+ sessions.

95% of those who visited fabric were first time visitors to the iconic venue.

65% of audiences said that Sound Unbound made them want to revisit the area.

Sound Unbound is the Barbican Centre’s biennial free classical music festival of unexpected music in unexpected places. In 2019 it took place in the Barbican and, for the first time, across an array of venues in Culture Mile.

Music burst from the concert hall 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.

9000

people attended performances

with 65% saying that Sound Unbound made them want to revisit the area

500

performers in 23 orchestras and ensembles

delivered over 160 sessions or concerts

100+

sessions, installations and more to explore – all for free

from authentic medieval sounds to hypnotic minimalist masterpieces

27

stages were programmed by Barbican and Culture Mile

including 13 new venues, building closer relationships with our neighbours

25%

of the Sound Unbound audience

visited more than 3 venues in Culture Mile across the weekend

More highlights

Steve Reich

on the Barbican Lakeside

Ambient sounds

in Farringdon’s super-club fabric

A musical walking trail

around the historic backstreets of Smithfield

Gregorian chanting

in the intimate chapel of The Charterhouse

Carmina Burana

Dramatic choral masterpiece with London Symphony Chorus

Songs for the Soul

Soothing choral music with BBC Singers

Jess Gillam in concert

Solo sax from BBC Young Musician 2016 finalist

Max Cooper + Bruce Brubaker

Glassforms: Philip Glass’s music with live electronic re-workings