Our voice is much more than just an instrument - it is a means to shape and articulate our identity. Hear East London’s next generation of artists finding their own voice, as participants from our Barbican Box Music programme perform with singer and UK beatbox champion Bellatrix.
The Barbican Box is, literally, a portable box that contains different sounds and objects to encourage an imaginative approach to making music. Curated this year by previous UK beatboxing champion Bellatrix, an artist who uses her voice in interesting and unusual ways to create a world of sounds, young musicians from East London used the Box to explore the idea of ‘having a voice’, and the role of music as a vehicle for articulating your thoughts and feelings. Here they’re joined on stage by Bellatrix to perform the pieces they’ve shaped throughout the project, using music to tell stories, ask questions and challenging norms – a chance to hear from East London’s young people themselves about what’s important to them.
Each school's performance will also be accompanied by an animation created by students from London College of Communication BA and MA animation courses. These students have asked the young people to draw what their music and voice sounds like and have created beautiful animations that will be screened alongside this evening's music.
Produced by the Barbican in partnership with Serious
Barbican Box Music is supported by: City Bridge Trust, the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and Linklaters LLP.