600 years in 25 minutes

The House of Sound is a new site-specific sound work taking us time-travelling back to the sound of medieval London through to the present day.

During Open House London weekend - 16th and 17th September 2017 - hourly performances in Guildhall Yard and a sonic trail throughout the square mile reinstate the sounds the City has known and then lost, from the daily work of the Guilds; the residential life of families and animals living cheek by jowl; street vendors’ cries from Tudor London; to the evolving sound of Londoners’ conversations; and the impact the changing architecture has had on the sound panorama Londoners could hear.



Performances take place in Guildhall Yard. Nearest tube station: Bank

Saturday 16 September at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm

Sunday 17 September at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm

Duration: 25 minutes



sonic trail

The Sonic Trail reinstates the lost sounds of five City locations, and runs from Monday 11 September – Sunday 17 September, 10am – 6pm daily FREE

The House of Sound and Sonic Trail were created by composer Iain Chambers to reconnect us with City locations’ historic functions. The work draws on historical sound research by Ian Rawes; period dialogue by Veronica Horwell; sound consultation by Thor McIntyre-Burney, Tim Hand and Matthew Olden; sound testing at 101 Outdoor Arts, and live performances by musicians Harry Buckoke, Toby Carr, Catherine Carter, Kate Conway, Wezi Elliott, Toby Street and Alistair Sutherland.

The Sonic Trail uses Mythophone speakers created by Dan Fox and Dave Young.

The House of Sound is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the City of London Corporation, Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Cheapside Business Alliance, and Oxford Contemporary Music’s Boom artist scheme.

The House of Sound is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund


The House of Sound FLYER & MAP.pdf