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

Shostakovich Day
Revealing the 'man behind the glasses', this immersive day of concerts explores the inimitable music of Dmitri Shostakovich, with his music combined with readings of letters and found objects curated by Gerard McBurney

Electronic Music experiences
From pioneering producers to experimental new artists, experience the full spectrum of electronic music at the Barbican

Los Angeles Philharmonic International Associate Residency 2016
With a unique perspective on what an orchestra can be, this residency features both works at the heart of the American repertoire and groundbreaking contemporary music from the orchestra's Green Umbrella series.

Panic! What Happened to Social Mobility in the Arts?
Join us for a series of music, film and debate highlighting issues around access to the arts.

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.

Andriessen: M is for Man, Music & Mystery
Louis Andriessen draws his inspiration from every corner of Western culture, and wrestles it into one of the most distinctive and inventive voices in contemporary music. Featuring performances of his La Commedia (UK premiere) and La Passione, and a Total Immersion day culminating in the UK premiere of Rosa’s Horses.

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.

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

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

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

Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival 2015
Celebrate the festive season this year with top class orchestras, superb soloists, and some of the best music ever written, you will find just the right concert for you and your family to enjoy.

Never Mind the Baubles
1 - 17 December 2015
Never mind the baubles, here's our punk Christmas line up.

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

Keyboard Visionaries
Some of the finest pianists in the world present personal and passionate recitals, from an all-Chopin immersion, to the touchstones of Romantic repertoire and first ever performances of new music.