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.

All classical music events - 2013–2014 season
Sept 13 - Jun 14

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

Barbican Presents 2013–2014
Barbican Presents is the Barbican’s curated season comprising the very best international ensembles and artists. Alongside our resident and associate concerts, these performances form an engaging and rewarding season that is remarkable in its quality and variety.

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2013–2014
The BBC Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK’s finest orchestras, performing extensively as Associate Orchestra of the Barbican and as the backbone of the BBC Proms.

London Symphony Orchestra 2013–2014

Explorations: The Sound of Nonesuch Records
Discover the full series of concerts celebrating the ground breaking spirit of the American record label

EFG London Jazz Festival
14 - 23 November 2014
EFG London Jazz Festival

Academy of Ancient Music 2013–2014
The AAM’s thrilling performances of Baroque and Classical music have been heard live around the globe and on over 300 Brit and Grammy award-winning CDs. From Monteverdi to Beethoven, this celebratory 40th anniversary season features the full range of the AAM’s music making.

Britten Sinfonia 2013–2014
One of the world’s finest chamber orchestras, Britten Sinfonia has built its outstanding reputation on stellar playing and intelligent, illuminating programming developed alongside guest artists from across the musical spectrum.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
30 June 2014 - 2 July 2014
Barbican International Associate Residency 2014

The Arditti Quartet 2014
The Arditti Quartet celebrates 40 years of breaking the boundaries of new music with an immersing day of 3 concerts. This includes world premiere performances of new works by Harrison Birtwistle, James Clarke and Hilda Paredes.

Birtwistle at 80 2014
Harrison Birtwistle has created some of the most inventive and memorable music of the late 20th and 21st centuries. We celebrate his 80th birthday with performances including Gawain, Yan Tan Tethera and Earth Dances.

ECHO Rising Stars 2013–2014
The European Concert Hall Organisation (ECHO) brings exceptional young artists to new international audiences, offering them unparalleled performance opportunities to present their own musical programmes in the major concert halls of Europe.

Glyndebourne 2014
Glyndebourne broadcasts three of its festival productions from the 2014 programme

Beyond Barbican
Step out and join us for our ongoing series of pop-up events and collaborations across east London

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

Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker
The London Residency 2015

New York Philharmonic 2015
For their second Barbican International Associate Residency, Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic bring three programmes including a sumptuous concert of late-Romantic orchestral showpieces, an innovative staged performance of Stravinsky’s Petrushka with Giants Are Small, and a concert from their cutting-edge contemporary CONTACT! series.

Met Opera Live in HD 2013-14
The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions, broadcast live via satellite from New York, features 10 productions in the 2013-14 season.

Drum Works
Drum Works brings together 250 young east Londoners to create original beats in their own distinctive style fusing hip hop, jazz, grime, Bhangra, dancehall and many other musical styles.

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

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

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Barbican Presents 2014–2015
25 September 2014 - 6 June 2015
Barbican Presents 2014–2015

Artist Spotlight 2014–2015

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015
24 September 2014 - 23 May 2015
BBC Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015

London Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015
21 September 2014 - 5 July 2015
London Symphony Orchestra 2014–2015

Britten Sinfonia 2014–2015
28 September 2014 - 6 June 2015

Academy of Ancient Music 2014-15
4 October 2014 - 7 July 2015
Academy of Ancient Music 2014-15