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

Classical Music 2017–18
A season of concerts from our resident and associate orchestras, and the finest international artists.

Transcender 2017
Ecstatic and devotional music from around the world

EFG London Jazz Festival 2017
The capital's finest Jazz festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and we're celebrating in style...

Jeremy Denk: Milton Court Artist in Residence
Jeremy Denk isn’t like other pianists. He’s a virtuoso who submits happily to the sublime simplicity of Mozart; a keyboard philosopher who’s never happier than playing Gershwin. And he's the perfect person to take control of the keys to 'London's most acoustically perfect auditorium' (Independent).

Milton Court Concert Hall events
Guildhall School of Music & Drama's Milton Court plays host to one of London's finest concert halls, located within the wider Barbican campus, and a superb year-round programme of contemporary and classical music.

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

ECHO Rising Stars 2017-18
ECHO Rising Stars brings Europe’s finest young musicians to London – as picked by the programmers of Europe’s top concert halls.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
International Associate Residency

The finest big band on the planet look back at moments which defined Jazz and to the future.

Celebrating Finland
Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra perform a full Sibelius symphony cycle, and we celebrate performers of the calibre of Oramo and Susanna Mälkki, and the vibrantly colourful creativity of composer/ conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Barbican Presents 2017–18
From semi-staged operas and international orchestral residencies to contemporary composer focuses and world-class soloists in recital, Barbican Presents is devised to show the best of classical music from the Baroque to now, and to push the boundaries of traditional concert formats.

Bach Weekend
'Soar joyfully on high!' A weekend celebration of this most influential of composers and his family; music to truly gladden the heart.

Milton Court 2017-18
Get closer to the music at 'London's most acoustically perfect auditorium' (Independent), this year to Artist-in-Residence Jeremy Denk.

London Symphony Orchestra 2017–18
This season includes 70 concerts at the Barbican under the batons of some of the finest conductors in the world, including Sir Simon Rattle, Marin Alsop, Bernard Haitink and Michael Tilson Tomas.

BBC Symphony Orchestra 2017–18
Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the orchestra in a celebration of Finnish music, and Total Immersion days explore the music of Esa-Pekka Salonen, Bernstein and Julian Anderson.

Academy of Ancient Music 2017–18
A series of historically informed performances from our Associate period instrument ensemble.

Britten Sinfonia 2017–18
Famed for its dazzling musicianship and thrilling programmes, Britten Sinfonia celebrates its 25th birthday in typical style with a range of exciting collaborations including Thomas Adès, Jeremy Denk and Sir Mark Elder.

BBC Singers 2017–18
The BBC Singers hold a unique position in British musical life. Performing everything from Byrd to Birtwistle, Tallis to Takemitsu, their versatility is second to none.

Recitals 2017–18
We welcome some of the world's finest soloists in recital including Jonas Kaufmann, Diana Damrau, Evgeny Kissin and Martha Argerich.

Opera, Oratorios and Choral 2017–18
Choral music always plays a large part of musical life at the Barbican. So too does opera, and from Handel to Heggie we're presenting a journey through the history of the artform.

Premieres and Commissions 2017–18
Be here, and hear them first. Premieres from Jake Heggie, Ted Hearne and Helen Grime.

BBC R3 Lunchtime Concerts 2017–18
The finest chamber music performances from established performers and up-and-coming artists alike.

Sakari Oramo Sibelius Cycle
Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, conducts all seven of his Finnish compatriot Sibelius’s symphonies in a series of concerts at the heart of the BBC SO’s 2017-18 Barbican season.

Bernstein 100
Composer, conductor, showman, educator, activist: Leonard Bernstein electrified every aspect of American music, and his 100th birthday celebration at the Barbican is as dynamic and as diverse as the man himself.

Esa-Pekka Salonen Composer Focus
Looking at the vibrant creativity of one of the finest living composers, this series takes in performances from across our resident and associate ensembles, including his old band, the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

This is Rattle
Ten days of special events, including concerts, films and exhibitions, to celebrate the arrival of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and as Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and Guildhall School.

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival 2017
Celebrate the Yuletide season this year with a wide range of festive classics, popular songs and rousing film scores.

The Art of Change
1 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
At a time of significant national and global uncertainty, our 2018 season The Art of Change explores how artists respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.