The Barbican welcomes the world's top soloists and musicians in both classical and contemporary music.

Music at the Barbican

Pursuing the Barbican’s vision of Arts without Boundaries, our ambitious programme crosses all forms of music, including experimental work by contemporary musicians, ground-breaking commissions and outstanding international orchestras and soloists. 

We collaborate year round with our Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and our ever closer associates, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, who each bring their own flair and individual perspective to our programme. Beyond our classical music programme, our Associate Producer Serious helps us bring global sounds to the City of London. Together we can work on projects the scale and quality of which would otherwise be unfeasible. We’ve also developed innovative partnerships with our international family of orchestras, spanning concerts, education and commissioning new works.

Resident Orchestra
London Symphony Orchestra

Associate Orchestra
BBC Symphony Orchestra

Associate Ensembles
Academy of Ancient Music
Britten Sinfonia

Associate Producers
International Associate Orchestras
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
Los Angeles Philharmonic
New York Philharmonic
Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

In Classical Music, we are proud to welcome world-famous artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Sir Simon Rattle, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, Alfred Brendel, Bernard Haitink, Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Midori, Joyce DiDonato, the Berliner Philharmoniker, Yo-Yo Ma and many more.

Barbican Contemporary Music features the world's hottest artists in jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical and the more experimental ends of rock, pop and electronica.

Curating special crossover projects we continue to curate important concert series such as Transcender (ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic music from around the world).

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