Barbican Sound Unbound

An original classical music podcast for the Barbican

We devised and produced two series of an original classical music podcast for the Barbican. In Sound Unbound Josie Long hears from prominent creative minds about the classical music they just can’t live without whilst conductor Ben Gernon gives musical and historical insight into their chosen pieces.

We’ve welcomed guests to record at Loftus including director Ken Loach, comedian Jayde Adams, actor and musician Amber Anderson, poet Raymond Antrobus, jazz singer Zara McFarlane, musician C N Lester. On location we’ve interviewed journalist James R Gaines, ballet director Cassa Pancho, writer Bonnie Greer, musician and producer Nitin Sawhney, composer Steve Reich and singer-songwriter Karine Polwart.

Producer: Alexandra Quinn | Executive Producers: Freya Hellier, Jo Rowntree  | Presenter: Josie Long | Music Expert: Ben Gernon 

"I heard the recording and my jaw dropped. And I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was like someone had said, well you've lived for 14 years here, but there's one room you haven't seen yet."

Steve Reich in 'Sound Unbound', on hearing Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at age 14.