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. In the 2013–2014 season the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra have made the Barbican their home, and in 2014–2015 season the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Jazz at Lincoln Centre Orchestra return following the success of their previous residencies.

In classical music, we are proud to welcome world-famous artists including Cecilia Bartoli, Simon Rattle, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Evgeny Kissin, Maxim Vengerov, Alfred Brendel, Bernard Haitink, Renée Fleming, Andreas Scholl, Midori, Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra, 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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