Keith Barnard and Solem Quartet to play ‘lie-down’ festival

Planet Tree Music Festival - classical festival inviting listeners to lie down

Keith Barnard and Solem Quartet are among the acts playing Planet Tree Music Festival – a classical music event which invites audiences to ‘lie down and experience the sound worlds in a new way.’

Taking place in Hamptead and Highgate from 7 to 26 October, the festival – now in its ninth year – aims to throw the ‘stuffy’ rules found in traditional concert halls out the window, in order to offer a more accessible and enjoyable experience rooted in spirituality and relaxation.

Festival founder, composer and mathematician Lawrence Ball believes there is a high link between the music on the programme and the levels of meditation that can be experienced by listening to it.

He said: ‘I believe that there is a drawing together of contemporary classical music with the consciousness/spirituality movement.

‘I want to encourage this focus of the classical audience to include or overlap with the world of meditation or spiritual experience in an overt way, and lying down is one way to create the opportunity for a kind of Shamanistic concert hall.’

The festival will present a programme of both popular and contemporary music, as well as world premiere pieces.

The works of contemporary classical music composers including Max Richter and Arvo Pärt will be performed, while performers including Keith Barnard and the Solem String Quartet will premiere pieces written especially for the festival.

For information on the full line-up, visit the festival’s Facebook page. Tickets to each concert can be purchased on the door.