Battle of Ideas at Sound Unbound
Two satellite events at the Barbican’s classical music weekender on 31 October and 1 November.
Why does classical music matter?
Saturday 31 October, 14:00-15:15
Does classical music really matter to the extent that we should invest time in appreciating it over other forms of music? Is choosing between Verdi and Clint Mansell, or Strauss and Morricone, simply a matter of preference or is it possible to draw more precise distinctions? Is it elitist to argue that some classical music pieces simply offer a richer, or even more important, listening experience than others? Where should a new listener begin – and, perhaps more importantly, why should they bother?
associate fellow, Institute of Ideas
Dr Alexandra Lamont
senior lecturer, psychology of music, Keele University
organist; latest release, Cycles
composer; conductor; jazz pianist
teacher, Arnhem Wharf Primary School
Attention-seeking? Classical music and Generation Spotify
Sunday 1 November, 15:00-16:15
Has internet streaming been good for classical music or has it really only changed how existing audiences engage with music? Does the internet have a vital role to play in increasing access and demystifying the music for a new generation, or does it only attract more casual fans? Has the internet changed the way we listen to music, or just made it easier to access? In a digital age, are live performances still the gold standard?
editor, Classical Music magazine
harpsichordist; BBC Music ‘Newcomer of the Year’ 2015
chief music critic, Daily Telegraph
music journalist; author, The North (and almost everything in it)
cellist, broadcaster and arts commentator
associate director, Institute of Ideas
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Tickets can be bought for the day or weekend, giving you access to 50 short concerts featuring world-leading musicians and artists, as well as a range of related discussions
Day passes (Saturday or Sunday) £25 plus booking fee
Weekend pass (both days) £40 plus booking fee