classical music
contemporary classical


Part of New Music Biennial

What will music become in our rapidly changing cities? A new commission created by Merseyside’s Forest Swords and Immix Ensemble investigates.

Trespassing uses field recordings, construction blueprints and architectural data to speculate on how the transformation of cityscapes worldwide will shape what we hear, and how we hear it.

How is the identity of a city expressed in its soundscape? How does this connect to our sense of ownership over public space? And what might public spaces feel and sound like in the future?

Join us for the world premiere of electronic producer and artist Forest Swords, aka Matthew Barnes, first commission for ensemble, working with Erased Tapes signees Immix Ensemble.

Since the release of his two celebrated albums, Engravings and Compassion, Barnes has collaborated with Massive Attack and Young Fathers, remixed Bjork, and was a recent curator in the DJ-Kicks compilation series.

He has also explored multidisciplinary work in the form of Shrine, a contemporary dance commission.

Immix Ensemble formed in 2014, as part of a Metal Time and Space residency, to join up the conversation between the classical and pop music voices within the city. They are now in their third series of unique, collaborative performances.

Signed to acclaimed label Erased Tapes, Immix have developed and presented over 20 new works, working with artists across boundaries, from the leftfield pop songwriting of Jane Weaver, Stealing Sheep and Kelly Lee Owens, to artists at the forefront of the British experimental community such as Vessel, Luke Abbott and Ex-Easter Island Head.


Immix Ensemble


Matthew Barnes: Trespassing (World premiere)

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


Free, but ticketed

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The 15-minute piece is performed twice, with a short Q&A session with the composer between the performances.

Tickets do not guarantee entry and admission is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Please ensure you arrive promptly to avoid disappointment.