Hear The Sounds Of London Centuries Ago, At These Free Hourly Performances

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Hear The Sounds Of London Centuries Ago, At These Free Hourly Performances

This is a sponsored article on behalf of City of London Corporation.

The sights of our city are pretty impressive — but what about the sounds? This September, you have the chance to listen to historical London, with installations focused on the changing soundscape of the City of London.

If you've ever wondered what you'd hear if you went back to the 1400s, wonder no more. Step back in time and listen to an audio history of London - 600 years in a unique 25 minute composition called  The House of Sound.

Composed by Iain Chambers, the performance takes place  in Guildhall Yard every hour on 16 and 17 September.

The House of Sound is an immersive sound installation combining a huge array of loudspeakers with live musicians. The 25 minute composition tells the story of the City of London through sound, from the street vendors' cries to the evolving sound of Londoner's conversations.

Live music in the piece will be provided by musicians playing everything from historical lutes to the bass guitar. Check it out on the hour from noon-5pm (Saturday 16 September) and 11am-4pm (Sunday 17 September).

Connecting specific sites to particular sounds, The Sonic Trail, until 17 September, creates sounds from historic times in the place you would have heard them originally. At five locations within the Square Mile, you'll be immersed in the sounds of bygone eras.

Giant 'mythophones' (sculptural speakers created by artists Dan Fox and Dave Young) will blast out everything from divorce hearings to conversations from the Lord Mayor's kitchen.

Stand in St. Paul's Churchyard to hear from Mary Frith, aka Moll Cutpurse, making her defence to accusations of dressing in indecent manly apparel, or head to One New Change and earwig in on a conversation from the Three Cups public house.

Keep your ears peeled and get ready to do some serious time-travelling .

Check out the schedule to find out times and locations for the House of Sound and Sonic Trail.

Last Updated 15 September 2017