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April 27, 2017 all-day
Barbican Centre
Silk St
London EC2Y
Barbican Centre

Following all the fun of our first Classical Weekender in 2015, we’re letting music take over the Centre again…

With sixty sessions over one weekend, showcasing the infinite variety of classical pieces, this is the perfect festival for lovers of live music. From innovative new commissions with the likes of Chilly Gonzales and Anna Meredith to some of the finest classical scores ever written, and performances from today’s leading performers like Iestyn Davies and the LSO to BBC Young Musician 2016 Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Whatever your thing, you’ll find it at Sound Unbound.

We’re curating the programme to showcase music at its forward-thinking best, mixing classics with sounds from living composers who are continuing to develop and drive the genre. And we’re pushing the boundaries of how we experience classical music: get intimate at our in-the-round Pit Sessions (in Association with Boiler Room), hear Silent Opera in our conservatory or explore choral commissions in the Curve Gallery.


Saturday Highlights

11am – midnight

Chilly Gonzales & Britten Sinfonia
The all-round entertainer and piano virtuoso headlines Saturday night, with Britten Sinfonia conducted by Jules Buckley

BBC Symphony Orchestra: The Firebird – Symphonic Cinema
Stravinsky’s compelling ballet score is brought to life in a synchronised film on the big screen

Iestyn Davies solo
One of the most glorious counter-tenors in the world performs a pared-down session of Baroque songs, alongside the lutenist Thomas Dunford

Anna Meredith Curve Commission
A site-specific piece for our Curve Gallery composed by ‘one of the most innovative minds in modern British music’ (Pitchfork)

The Samuelsens: Nordic Noir
Delve into the atmospheric musical world of The Killing, Borgen and The Bridge with the Norwegian string duo

Silent Opera in the Conservatory
Grab a set of headphones and listen in on Carmen: Remastered while strolling around our iconic greenhouse

Pit Sessions (in association with Boiler Room)
Intimate concerts in our in-the-round theatre – featuring Ensemble Nevermind, the Calder Quartet and Liam Byrne

Gabriel Prokofiev & Nonclassical Club Night
The monthly night featuring the best in contemporary classical, experimental and electronic music makes a special detour to close our Saturday night

Also appearing: BBC Singers, Academy of Ancient Music, Guildhall Toy Symphony, London Symphony Chorus, Angel Blue, Remy van Kesteren