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.

Barbican Presents 2015–2016
Where will the music take you?

Barbican Presents is our own curated classical season comprising the very best international ensembles and artists.

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

Renee Fleming Artist Spotlight
Equally accomplished singing at the Met and the Super-bowl, ‘America’s reigning diva’ (Washington Post) Renée Fleming has become one of the most talked about vocalists of her generation.

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

Los Angeles Philharmonic
International Associate Residency 2016

American Soundscapes with one of the world's finest orchestras.

Gustavo Dudamel brings the LA Phil for a residency redefining the 21st-century orchestra, with works at the heart of the American repertoire, dynamic education work, groundbreaking contemporary music productions and Mahler's hymn to nature; his Symphony No 3.

Benjamin at the Barbican
A focus celebrating one of Britain’s most admired composers, George Benjamin, featuring the UK premiere of his Dream of the Song, and a concert performance of the astonishing Written on Skin.

Bach Collegium Japan Residency 2016
Founded in 1990 by Masaaki Sazuki, the Bach Collegium Japan are devoted interpreters of Baroque music, and focus on the rich repertoire of J.S Bach. This is their first major UK residency.

London Symphony Orchestra 2015-16
Barbican Resident Orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2015–16
Barbican Associate Orchestra

Academy of Ancient Music 2015-16
Barbican Associate Ensemble

Britten Sinfonia 2015–16
Barbican Associate Ensemble

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

Reich, Glass, Adams: The Sounds that Changed America
In postwar America, one generation of composers transformed music in the here and now – and opened a path to its future.

Gerald Finley: Featured Artist

Steve Reich at 80 Weekend
In postwar America, one generation of composers transformed music in the here and now – and opened a path to its future. As Steve Reich turns 80, we celebrate this godfather of minimalism with a weekend of concerts.

Perahia plays Beethoven

The Kaufmann Residency
When The Guardian described Jonas Kaufmann as the world’s ‘greatest living tenor’, few disagreed. Kaufmann’s voice alone would be enough in itself to justify the accolade, and makes this Barbican Residency one of the UK’s musical highlights of 2017.

Richard Tognetti: Milton Court Artist in Residence
‘An anarchist with a chamber orchestra.’ That’s how The Guardian described Richard Tognetti: conductor, leader, virtuoso violinist and free-spirited musical provocateur.

Academy of Ancient Music 2016–17

Recitals 2016–17

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2016–17