Festival Info

The Classical/Pops Festival is on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
Apes Hill Club, St. James

Friday & Saturday December 9 – 10, 2016 

Gates Open: 6:00 PM

First Performance: 7:00 PM

Ends: 10:00 PM

General Info 

Some of our most cherished memories are enjoying informal and comfortable summers at Tanglewood, digging into picnics at Wolf Trap and The Mann, dancing at The Proms in Hyde Park, and uncorking champagne at the New York Philharmonic in Central Park.

These experiences not only fostered a love for classical music, but their pops seasons indulged our  appreciation for pop-star collaborations, crossover classical music, jazz, opera, and film composers that formed our modern musical influences.

The fall season in symphony halls are phenomenal, of course, but the “feel” is not the same. We longed for the summer seasons so we decided to create a winter home. After three years of searching, we found it in Barbados.

Mission

Our mission is to present a festival of the highest artistic caliber while maintaining a dedication to a variety of musical and artistic influences. Classical/Pops embraces the notion that music is permeable to outside influence and therefore endlessly in flux. We’ll remain committed to changing with the times and being a signpost of innovation. We want more audiences to embrace this dynamic artistry that, for many young listeners, hasn’t always been relevant.

Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for answers to some frequently asked questions. For any additional questions, please contact us here.

Classical/Pops refers to an orchestra that plays both well-known classical works as well as contemporary popular music, accompanied by pop and rock stars, Broadway performers, opera singers, and film composers as featured guests. Some of the world’s most esteemed orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and The Philadelphia Orchestra perform these programs. These collaborations are almost universally loved and draw tens of thousands of fans to the symphony.

There is no box office on the festival grounds. The best option is to purchase tickets online. If available, two-day festival passes and one-day tickets can be purchased at local retail box office partners up to the day of performance.

Unfortunately, tickets are non-refundable.

The Classical/Pops Festival is designed in the tradition of some of our favorite pavilion and lawn venues in the United States such as the Tanglewood Music Center and the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. These offer both seating and lawn areas. All ticket holders have access to reserved comfortable seating areas but also have the option of an informal and comfortable place to stretch out on their own blanket or folding chair.

  • Food and picnic baskets are allowed. Outside beverages or liquids including water bottles are not permitted at any time.
  • Cameras are allowed, although photography is forbidden during performances.
  • Plastic or paper shopping bags (backpacks, zippered bags or other non-disposable bags are not allowed)
  • Folding chairs and/or picnic blankets
  • Umbrellas
  • Any container of liquid including water.  Instead, please enjoy the beverage offerings of the vendors at the festival.
  • Cans, canteens, or flasks
  • Large bags, backpacks, duffel bags, or any other non-disposable bag
  • Pets

Delicious food, non-alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, and spirits. For restrictive diets, please consider bringing a picnic basket.

You may bring your own food/picnic basket. Drinks and beverages of any kind are not allowed at any time.

The festival is a rain or shine event.

Please consult the policies at the source from which you acquired your ticket.

We do not have a minimum age, but we do not have a special ticket price for children. All non-infant children are required to have a festival pass.

The entire festival is accessible for disabled persons. Please contact us for special arrangements.