The Barbican Centre


music festivals & seasons


Barbican music hosts a wide range of festivals and seasons throughout the year. See below for the exciting range on offer.

New events announced...
Here's what’s coming up at the Barbican over the next year.

Contemporary Music events
From electronic beats to legendary jazz, global masters and new music - we're bringing it all to London

Barbican Presents 2014–2015
Barbican Presents is the Barbican’s curated classical season comprising the very best international ensembles and artists

Mountains and Waves
Mountains and Waves: Bryce Dessner and New American Music

Barbican Presents 2015-2016
Barbican Presents 2015-2016

Boulez at 90
A celebration of the work of one of the 21st-century's most innovative composers.

Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening
Doug Aitken’s ‘living exhibition’ takes over the Centre this summer.

Beyond Barbican
This summer, we present Barking Town Square Street Party and Walthamstow Garden Party. These free events feature music, theatre, arts & crafts, food and family activity.

Moog Concordance
Celebrate all things synth with the Moog Concordance

New live music and film experiences
New live music and film experiences

London Symphony Orchestra 2014–15
Barbican Resident Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–15
Barbican Associate Orchestra

Academy of Ancient Music 2014-15
Barbican Associate Ensemble

Jazz at Lincoln Center International Associate Residency 2016
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra return for their fourth international associate residency.

Britten Sinfonia 2014–15
Barbican Associate Ensemble

French artists
French artists at the Barbican supported by the Institut français

City of London Festival 2015
Every summer for the past 53 years, The City of London Festival animates the square mile’s unique buildings and outdoor spaces with an extensive artistic programme of music, theatre, contemporary circus, stand-up comedy, film, children’s theatre, walks, talks and tours with more than 100 ticketed performances and a further 100 free events.

Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season
We are delighted to bring you selected live screenings from the Royal Opera House

London Symphony Orchestra 2015-16
Barbican Resident Orchestra

Renée Fleming Artist Spotlight 2015-2016

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig Residency 2015-16
One of Europe’s longest established orchestras present their third Barbican residency with a series of concerts devoted to the tone-poems of Richard Strauss, including a special new commission for families.

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2015–16
Barbican Associate Orchestra

Academy of Ancient Music 2015-16
Barbican Associate Ensemble

Britten Sinfonia 2015–16
Barbican Associate Ensemble