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Playing the Music Box

Tuesday 1 December 2015

The Barbican Box is back, sitting in classrooms around east London, eagerly waiting for the inspiration, creativity and enthusiasm of students to bring it to life through music, their own talent and passion for musical expression.

But how are they going to be inspired by a wooden box..?

This year’s Barbican Box is packed tightly with instruments, books of quotes, lyrics and poetry, recording equipment and essentially, a blank slate for the recipients of the Box to express themselves in any way they choose. The result? A performance of their original composition on the Barbican stage.

With the help of jazz musician Soweto Kinch, our young people with use the contents of the Box to reflect on themes of identity – encouraging them to think about their own, and how they can express this through music.

We’ll be following them along their journey from opening the Box to stepping on stage so first, let’s find out what’s inside this year’s Box…

An alto-saxophonist and MC, Soweto Kinch is one of the most exciting and versatile musicians in both the British Jazz and Hip Hop scenes. He has amassed an impressive list of accolades and awards on both sides of the Atlantic including a Mercury Music Prize nomination, two UMA Awards and two MOBOs for best Jazz Act.

Join us for the final performance at the Barbican Music Box Showcase on Wednesday 20 April 2016.

Barbican Box Music is produced by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning in partnership with Serious and Arts Council England. Supported by UBS with additional support by: Garfield Weston Foundation; J Paul Getty JNR Charitable Trust; Linklaters.

Help us continue to excite young people’s creativity by supporting the Barbican Fund