Barbados Set to Host ‘Classical Pops Festival’


Barbados is getting set to host its first Classical Pops Festival from Dec. 11-14.

Featuring some of the world’s top performers from symphony groups such as the New York Philharmonic and the Boston Symphony Orchestra, “Classical Pops Barbados” will also include Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) concertmaster and violinist, Jonathan Crow, among its all-star orchestra.

“We are absolutely thrilled to showcase some of the world’s premiere orchestral players, including the TSO’s Jonathan Crow, to Barbados for Classical Pops,” said Cheryl Carter, director of Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. Canada.

Guests at the Classical Pops festival can expect an impressive line-up of performers, including 65 orchestral players who will perform in various locations around Barbados, including the highlight venue – Apes Hill Club in St. James, situated near the West Coast of Barbados in the western central part of Barbados; known locally as the “Platinum Coast.”

Carter added, “This type of festival is an example of the quality of arts and cultural activity offered in Barbados, which appeal to our regular visitors, many of whom have second homes on the island. It also draws new visitors, ready to explore numerous events, sites and sounds of interest, well beyond beautiful beaches and sunshine.”

The message of the cheeky “Classical Pops Barbados” campaign (as seen at, “some come to the festival because getting to the symphony hall is too damn cold,” certainly resonates with Canadians seeking a sunny climate who will be joining visitors from around the globe at “Classical Pops Barbados.” It opens with free-admission community events on Dec. 11; followed by the official ticketed line-up on Friday and Saturday evenings (Dec. 12 and 13); and ends with an invitation-only patrons brunch on Dec. 14.

With “bring your own picnic” options, plus a variety of on-site food and beverage vendors at the venues, guests are promised a magical time at “Classical Pops Barbados.” Ticket package options include: a General Admission Festival Pass (currently on advance sale) for either one or two days, a two-day VIP Pass (also currently on advance sale) which includes an onsite VIP host, private open bar, covered VIP Super Lounge access, preferred seating and more. Lastly, there is the two-day Patrons All-Access Super Pass, which includes add-ons such as an on-site ambassador, fast track entrance, covered patron’s box with designer furnishings, champagne service upon arrival, and much more.

Back home in Canada, through Nov. 28, listeners of The New Classical FM 96.3 (Toronto) will have a chance to win one of seven seven-day trips to Barbados for the festival.