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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

Get Closer to the Grand at Milton Court
From Benjamin Grosvenor directing Mozart to an all-Messiaen programme with Pierre-Laurent Aimard, get to know these keyboard visionaries up close and personal in ‘ London’s most acoustically perfect auditorium’ Independent

Possibly Colliding: a weekend curated by Nils Frahm
Join us for a weekend of music that brings together producers, composers and performers from across the globe, led by pianist and composer Nils Frahm

Ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic music from across the globe

EFG London Jazz Festival
12 - 20 November 2016
EFG London Jazz Festival

Milton Court Concert Hall
What's On

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.

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

Barbican Presents 2016–17
Our own curated Classical Music season of international artists is unrivaled in its star quality, and takes in music from the Baroque to contemporary commissions.

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.

London Symphony Orchestra 2016–17
Our Resident Orchestra is one of the finest orchestras in the world, and their season stars conductors and soloists of international renown.

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.

Gerald Finley: Featured Artist

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