The Guardian festival blog: Sound Unbound review – inclusive and joyous classical music festival | Music

It felt apt that the Barbican Centre’s Curve gallery’s current exhibition is AI: More Than Human: this was a festival I wished I could have cloned myself and experienced the weekend a second and a third time so as to take different paths across the lineup – 150-odd live events, all free, spread across 19 venues within the Culture Mile.

With no concert longer than an hour, each programme introduced by its performers, and audiences free to come and go, the Barbican’s third Sound Unbound festival goes from strength to strength and gives the lie to those who think classical music is stuffy or unapproachable. While this might be the first time I’ve listened to a Beethoven symphony sat next to a teenager checking her phone, or had the slow movement’s spell briefly interrupted by a wriggling toddler telling his father in ringing tones, “I need a wee”, or watched a young trio thread their way to seats right in the front…


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