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Project Description

The total transformation of the iconic Beech Street Tunnel

Beech Street, Barbican, London

In March 2018, Tony-Award winning design studio 59 Productions will debut their latest epic public artwork, co-produced with the Barbican. Spanning the Beech Street tunnel, this immersive audio-visual feast will, for the first time, close a central London traffic artery to place audience members inside a piece of contemporary classical music, allowing them to discover the sonic forms of a full orchestra up close and personal.

Using a specially recorded version of Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane for Orchestra and Chorus, the event will showcase the diverse sounds of the BBC Symphony Orchestra using a unique sound design by fellow Tony Award-winner Gareth Fry devised to play with the acoustic reflectivity of the tunnel.

Complementing the orchestral reverberations, both walls and the ceiling of the tunnel will become projection surfaces displaying extraordinary, evolving patterns of light, working with and against the music to play with perspective and visual tone. A free event, spanning the weekend, the show will play mutiple times per evening to an audience of several thousand.


17-18 March 2018
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59 Team

Project Director

Richard Slaney

Lead Designer

Nick Corrigan


Ollie Hester

Sound Designer

Gareth Fry

Associate Sound Designer

Robin Whittaker


Aaron Brady
Simon Russell
Edd Stockton

Assistant Designers

Dale Croft
Matthew Taylor

Production Managers

James Roxburgh
Edd Slaney

Technical Associate

Maximilien Spielbichler

Technical Assistant

Iain Syme


Created by

59 Productions

Music by

Esa-Pekka Salonen

Produced by

the Barbican and
59 Productions

Project partner

BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus