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


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

We are home to our Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Associate Ensembles Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia. In contemporary music, we have forged a special relationship with our Associate Producers, Serious.

Our international family of orchestras includes five of the world’s leading ensembles, with whom we’ve developed innovative new partnerships: the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the 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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