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.

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.

Electronic Music Events
From techno pioneers to new experimental producers, and surrounding audio visual shows to orchestral re-imaginings, experience a full spectrum of electronic music at the Barbican.

Ecstatic, devotional and psychedelic music from across the globe

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

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.

EFG London Jazz Festival
13 - 22 November 2015
EFG London Jazz Festival

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
International Associate Residency 2015

Strauss the storyteller...

One of Europe’s finest orchestras explore the grandeur of Richard Strauss's tone poems in their third International Associate residency, including a special new commission for families. Because, as Strauss knew better than anyone, you’re never the wrong age for a good story.

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.

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.

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.

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

City of London Festival 2015
Every summer for the past 53 years, The City of London Festival animates the square mile’s unique buildings and outdoor spaces with an extensive artistic programme of music, theatre, contemporary circus, stand-up comedy, film, children’s theatre, walks, talks and tours with more than 100 ticketed performances and a further 100 free events.

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