Barbican Presents in 2018/19

Diana Damrau walking portrait

Details for the Centre’s own-curated classical music season announced

Barbican Presents is the Centre’s own-curated classical music season, featuring some of the very best international and national artists. Full programming details for 2018/19 have now been announced and highlights include: visiting orchestras, including the Vienna Phil, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and CBSO; pioneering collaborations and special projects including Peter Sellars returning to the Barbican with two contrasting productions; Darbar Festival of Indian classical music coming to the Barbican for the first time, and the third edition of the Barbican’s classical weekender Sound Unbound; Milton Court residencies from the ACO to baritone Roderick Williams; an Early Music strand including Italian ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro as the Barbican’s Featured International Baroque Ensemble; a chamber music series featuring the Kavakos/Ma/Ax Trio, Emerson String Quartet and Batiashvili/Capuçon/Thibaudet Trio; a focus on Diana Damrau singing Strauss; solo recitals from Ian Bostridge with Sir Antonio Pappano, Magdalena Kožená with Yefim Bronfman, Benjamin Grosvenor, Evgeny Kissin, Sheku Kanneh-Mason and Joshua Bell; premieres and new commissions including new works by Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Ryan Wigglesworth and Anahita Abbasi and the return of the ECHO Rising Stars series to LSO St Luke’s sees Barbican-nominated trombonist Peter Moore, Co-Principal Trombone of the LSO.

Full programming details below and here.

VISITING ORCHESTRAS

  • Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Ádám Fischer (Wed 20 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with conductor Mariss Jansons (Sat 26 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia with conductor Sir Antonio Pappano (Sat 25 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra (Mon 22 – Wed 24 Oct 2018)
  • City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla (Sat 13 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • London Contemporary Orchestra: Other Worlds (Wed 31 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Sat 13 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
Dynamic young music director and Critics' Circle Music Award for Emerging Talent (Conductor) winner in 2017, Mirga brings the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to the Barbican in a rare London appearance. Two landmark scores created for Diaghilev – Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring and Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (performed complete with chorus) will be a real showcase for the orchestra. Also featured as part of the programme is Mirga’s own selection of folksongs from her native Lithuania.
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Australian Chamber Orchestra (Mon 22 – Wed 24 Oct 2018)
(see Milton Court section for further info)

London Contemporary Orchestra: Other Worlds
Wed 31 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee
The London Contemporary Orchestra and Choir with conductor Robert Ames present a concert with two contrasting visions of humanity confronting an other-worldly apocalypse, featuring two audio-visual projects: the UK premiere of Giacinto Scelsi’s epic and ominous Uaxuctum: The legend of the Maya city, destroyed by themselves for religious reason (1969) – a piece depicting the end of an ancient civilization; alongside a performance of John Luther Adams’ apocalyptic piece Become Ocean (2013), which is inspired by the Alaskan landscape and the composer’s preoccupation with climate change and has been described by Alex Ross as ‘The loveliest apocalypse in musical history’.
Art direction by Universal Assembly Unit and visuals by Jules Malcomson.
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Diana Damrau sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jansons

Sat 26 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons returns to the Barbican with a programme of Strauss including the composer’s final masterpiece the Four Last Songs with soprano Diana Damrau and Strauss’s autobiographical Ein Heldenleben.
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler's Ninth Symphony
Conducted by Ádám Fischer

Wed 20 Feb 2019, Barbian Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 – 80 plus booking fee
The Barbican is London’s home of great international orchestras, and here audiences get the chance to hear Mahler’s Ninth Symphony, the composer’s great farewell to life, performed by the mighty Vienna Philharmonic, conducted by Ádám Fischer who has worked with the orchestra for nearly five decades.
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Orchestra of Santa Cecilia: Mahler's Sixth Symphony
Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano

Sat 25 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
The music director of the Royal Opera, Sir Antonio Pappano, brings his Italian orchestra, Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, to the Barbican for the life-and-death struggle of Mahler’s Sixth Symphony. With Sir Antonio Pappano in the role of Music Director since 2005, the stature of the orchestra has enjoyed extraordinary success, building an international reputation for itself and has included appearances at some of the major music festivals and venues across the globe.
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MILTON COURT CONCERT HALL – RESIDENCIES

In October 2018 the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Artistic Director Richard Tognetti arrive for their first season as International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court, presenting three very different concerts. The programmes, ranging from celebrated masterpieces by Mozart and Beethoven to a critically-acclaimed cinematic collaboration, Mountain, epitomise the daring virtuosity, restless energy, and sense of adventure for which the orchestra is renowned around the world. Musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama will be working with the orchestra during its residency, which follows on from the success of ACO Artistic Director Richard Tognetti’s time as the Barbican’s first ever Artist-in-Residence at Milton Court Concert Hall in the Barbican Presents 2016/17 season. Richard Tognetti said: Milton Court is one of the finest intimate halls in the world. The acoustics are superb: warm, yet clear and vibrant. The connection to both the Barbican and the Guildhall makes for a cosmopolitan and creative energy that sets a gold standard for all performing institutions.

British Baritone Roderick Williams will be the third Milton Court Artist-in-Residence, presenting three concerts, which will celebrate him as composer, collaborator and performing artist (Nov 2018 & Feb 2019).

Australian Chamber Orchestra International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court

  • Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Last Three Symphonies (Mon 22 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mountain (Tue 23 Oct, Barbican Hall, 8pm)
  • Australian Chamber Orchestra: Bach, Beethoven and Bartók (Wed 24 Oct, Milton Court, 7.30pm)

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Last Three Symphonies
Mon 22 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 35 plus booking fee
The ACO’s first concert features Mozart’s Last Three Symphonies (No 39 in E flat, No 40 in G minor, No 41 in C, ‘Jupiter’), written in a matter of weeks and representing the pinnacle of the composer’s musical genius. The ACO received great critical acclaim when touring this programme as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations in 2015.
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Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mountain
Tue 23 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £25 plus booking fee
In their second date the ACO will present the UK Premiere of the movie Mountain in live concert. A cinematic and musical collaboration between the Australian Chamber Orchestra and BAFTA-nominated director Jennifer Peedom, Mountain is a breath-taking exploration of humanity’s obsession with mountains, wilderness and the sublime force of high places. Set to live music by Arvo Pärt, Vivaldi, Beethoven and Richard Tognetti, directed by Jennifer Peedom, with cinematography from Renan Ozturk and narration by Willem Dafoe, Mountain received universal critical acclaim upon its premiere in Australia in 2017.
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Australian Chamber Orchestra: Bach, Beethoven and Bartók
Wed 24 Oct, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
The ACO’s final concert as part of this season’s residency, Bach, Beethoven and Bartók, sees Australian operatic superstar Nicole Car and musicians from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama join the Orchestra onstage for a quintessentially diverse programme that ranges from Sufjan Stevens’ Suite from Run, Rabbit, Run – string music with a subversive twist – to Richard Tognetti’s arrangement of JS Bach’s Ricercar a 6 (a six-voice fugue) from The Musical Offering. Also included in the programme are Beethoven’s Scene & Aria, Ah! perfido Op. 65 and Aria, No, non turbati as well as Bartók’s Divertimento for strings.
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Roderick Williams: Milton Court Artist-in-Residence

  • BBC Singers/Sofi Jeannin (Sun 11 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 3pm)
  • Roderick Williams: An Italian Songbook (Tue 19 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Roderick Williams in recital (Tue 26 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm)

BBC Singers/Sofi Jeannin
Sun 11 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 3pm
Tickets £12 – 25 plus booking fee
The first concert as part of Roderick Williams’s residency on centenary Remembrance Sunday in Nov 2018 features two UK premieres – a new work by British composers Bob Chilcott and by Roddy himself – responding to the tragedy of the First World War, performed by the BBC Singers and their new Chief Conductor Sofi Jeannin. Roderick Williams’s new piece (working title: World Without End) is a touching meditation on events that still scar our imagination a century on. A cantata of several movements, its narrative is formed by English and German poetry and prose, giving contemporary testimonies of life during World War 1 on both sides of the conflict. The work’s title is taken from a memoir by Helen Thomas, widow of the poet Edward Thomas who was killed at the Battle of Arras in 1917. Commissioned by the Barbican Centre and RIAS Kammerchor, an ensemble of the Radio Orchestra and Chorus Company Berlin, World Without End compares the German experience of the First World war with the British experience. In this Milton Court date the BBC Singers will be supported by a small chamber ensemble.
Like Britten before him, Bob Chilcott has taken inspiration from Wilfried Owen whose poem Futility is the starting point for Chilcott’s new work Move him into the sun.
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Part of For the Fallen

Roderick Williams: An Italian Songbook
Tue 19 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30
The residency continues in February 2019 with the singer performing two concerts. The first one on 19 Feb 2019 features Hugo Wolf’s An Italian Songbook in a new, dramatized English version created and directed by Jeremy Sams and Christopher Glynn, featuring Roderick Williams (baritone), Rowan Pierce (soprano), Kathryn Rudge (mezzo-soprano), James Newby (baritone), Nicky Spence (tenor) and Christopher Glynn (piano).
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Roderick Williams in recital
Tue 26 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
Roderick Williams’s final recital on 26 Feb 2019 features a programme of songs from England and France, including Vaughan Williams’s Songs of Travel as well as the world premiere of a newly Barbican commissioned song cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth, and also featuring Butterworth A Shropshire Lad; Fauré Mirages; Ireland Santa Chiara, Sea Fever and Great Things and Ravel Don Quichotte à Dulcinée.
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DIANA DAMRAU SINGS STRAUSS

Diana Damrau sings Strauss sees one of the world’s leading coloratura sopranos in three concerts interpreting Strauss across the Barbican Presents 2018/19 season. In recital with pianist Helmut Deutsch (16 Jan 2019), in the Four Last Songs with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Mariss Jansons (26 Jan 2019) and in the closing scene of Capriccio with the LSO under Gianandrea Noseda (31 Mar 2019). Acclaimed singer Diana Damrau continues to thrill audiences with her voice and stage presence. She is a regular guest at the most renowned opera houses and concert halls and was named Female Singer of the Year at the 2014 International Opera Awards.

Diana Damrau in recital
Wed 16 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 50 plus booking fee
The German soprano launches her exploration of the music of Richard Strauss in the most personal way – with an evening of solo song, including songs by Strauss, Schubert and Rachmaninov.
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

Diana Damrau sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jansons

Sat 26 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee
The Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under Mariss Jansons returns to the Barbican with a programme of Strauss including the composer’s final masterpiece the Four Last Songs with soprano Diana Damrau and Strauss’s autobiographical Ein Heldenleben.
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

London Symphony Orchestra: Diana Damrau sings Strauss
Sun 31 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7pm
Tickets £16 – 56 plus booking fee
The Diana Damrau sings Strauss series at the Barbican comes to a finale in this concert with the LSO and conductor Gianandrea Noseda. The programme features the final scene of Richard Strauss’ opera Capriccio, written at the end of his life as well as Iain Bell’s The Hidden Place, which sets poetry by Christa Palmer, opera singer and aunt of soprano soloist Diana Damrau, and depicts the intimate moments shared by two lovers throughout the four seasons of the year. Also part of the programme are Strauss’s Don Juan, the breakaway tone poem which solidified the 24-year-old composer’s reputation and Till Eulenspiegel, which chronicles the misadventures of a German peasant hero.
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

 

PIONEERING COLLABORATIONS AND SPECIAL PROJECTS

  • The Second Violinist (6-8 September, Barbican Theatre)
  • Darbar Festival (Thu 25 – Sun 28 Oct 2018, Milton Court & Barbican Hall)
  • Die Stadt ohne Juden (Thu 15 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men (Sat 1 Dec 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Save the date – Sound Unbound returns on 18 & 19 May 2019 in what will be the third iteration of the Barbican Classical Weekender
  • Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro (Thu 23 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 8pm)
  • The Cunning Little Vixen (Thu 27 & Sat 29 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)

The Second Violinist
Landmark Productions & Irish National Opera

Thu 6 – Sat 8 Sep 2018, Barbican Theatre, 7.45pm
Tickets £16 – 40 plus booking fee
The Barbican Theatre presents the UK premiere of The Second Violinist – a modern opera that tells the foreboding story of a life falling apart. Produced by Landmark Productions and Irish National Opera, this latest collaboration between internationally renowned Irish playwright Enda Walsh and composer Donnacha Dennehy marries multilayered set and video design with a score, rich in amplified sounds, harmonies and overtones – reflective of the heightening tension onstage – played live by the dynamic music group, Crash Ensemble. Lyrical and ethereal singing by three soloists and a 16-strong chorus contrasts with Aaron Monaghan’s central performance, physically fraught, essentially wordless and utterly involving.
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Darbar Festival

Darbar Festival champions Indian classical arts and features some of the finest improvised music around today. Dedicated to Bhai Gurmit Singh Ji Virdee (1937-2005), an inspirational teacher of the tabla, the Festival was first established in 2006 in his memory. This autumn Darbar Festival comes to the Barbican for the first time, featuring an impressive line-up of world-class musicians:

  • Rupak Kulkarni + Meeta Pandit (Thu 25 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 6.30pm)
  • Soumik Datta + Malladi Brothers Fri 26 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 6.30pm)
  • Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar (Sat 27 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 10am)
  • Sanju Sahai (Sat 27 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 2pm)
  • Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi + Omar Dadarkar (Sat 27 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 6.30pm)
  • Ustad Shahid Parvez + Parveen Sultana (Sun 28 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 5.30pm)

Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City Without Jews):
A Dystopian Prophecy of Intolerance

Thu 15 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 plus booking fee
As part of the Barbican’s 2018 Season, The Art of Change, Austrian contemporary music ensemble PHACE and conductor Nacho de Paz present the Barbican co-commissioned UK premiere performance of a new live score to the film Die Stadt ohne Juden /The City Without Jews (1924) to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht. This live screening of the restored silent film (which was lost during the Second World War and was only rediscovered in 2015) is based on the eponymous novel by Jewish writer Hugo Bettauer and is directed by Hans Karl Breslauer, featuring a new score by Olga Neuwirth for amplified ensemble and electronics. This satirical dystopia is regarded as one of the most important productions of the interwar period and shows the cultural and economic impoverishment of a city that succumbs to intolerance and expels its Jewish population. This Austrian expressionist film is disturbingly prescient in its depiction of the murderous anti-semitism in Vienna in the wake of the First World War. The political message of the film is more sharply articulated in this newly restored version.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men
Sat 1 Dec 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
Last and First Men is a new multimedia work by Oscar-nominated Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, combining film – featuring narration by Tilda Swinton – and music, with the score performed live by the LSO under conductor Daníel Bjarnason.
Based on the cult Science Fiction novel by Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men is a requiem for the last of humankind, using music, film and Tilda Swinton’s mournful narration to form a poetic meditation on memory and loss. It sits somewhere between fiction and documentary, placing images of a decaying futuristic landscape – filmed in 16mm black and white in the former Yugoslav republics – against Jóhannsson’s haunting orchestral score. Oscar-nominated composer Jóhann Jóhannsson – whose soundtracks have included Arrival, The Theory of Everything and Sicario – spent seven years crafting the work before its premiere at last year’s Manchester International Festival.
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Sound Unbound (18 & 19 May 2019)
A joint project between the Barbican and its family of orchestras and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, the Centre’s ambitious classical weekender Sound Unbound returns in May 2019 in what will be its third edition. Audiences will again get the chance to explore new sounds and rediscover familiar ones, from medieval to modern, in a relaxed festival environment, performed across the Barbican’s many venues by artists for whom the boundaries between classical, contemporary, experimental and pop music have been blurred – or simply don’t exist. More details to be announced in due course.

Peter Sellars
Well-known to Barbican audiences, director Peter Sellars returns to the Centre in the 2018/19 season with two contrasting semi-staged productions: A performance of Lassus’s a cappella Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St Peter) featuring Los Angeles Masterchorale with conductor Grant Gershon (Thu 23 May 2019) and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon Rattle (Thu 27 & Sat 29 Jun 2019).

Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro
Los Angeles Masterchorale
and conductor Grant Gershon
Thu 23 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
In his first production in the 2018/19 Barbican Presents season, Peter Sellars directs a haunting dramatization – his first a cappella staging – of Orlando di Lasso’s hour-long Renaissance masterpiece Lagrime di San Pietro (Tears of St Peter), transformed by the 21 singers of the Los Angeles Masterchorale (the largest professional chorus in the US and choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall) and their artistic director Grant Gershon. Di Lasso’s renaissance madrigals of sorrow and remorse are set to poetry by Luigi Tansillo (1510-1568), and “I accept responsibility” is the fundamental theme of this work depicting the seven stages of grief that St Peter experienced after his denial of Christ. Here Sellars translates Lagrime through a contemporary lens, suggesting a powerful allegory that by taking responsibility and facing our past head-on, we can forge a more resolved and fulfilling future.
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The Cunning Little Vixen
London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle

Thu 27 & Sat 29 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 – 75 plus booking fee
Janáček’s masterful comic opera The Cunning Little Vixen with the LSO conducted by Sir Simon Rattle features a stellar cast including Gerald Finley, Lucy Crowe, Willard White, Sophie Burgos and Peter Hoare. This is the latest of Sir Simon Rattle and Peter Sellars’s operatic concert stagings, following their innovative, critically acclaimed artistic partnerships at the Barbican on Le Grand Macabre (2017) and Pelléas et Melisande (2016), all produced by the Barbican and LSO in collaboration. The Cunning Little Vixen is a life-affirming tale of love, death and the timeless cycle of nature, featuring eternal themes, vivid characters and a radiant score. The opera is rooted in Czech history and folk music; and for Sir Simon Rattle, it is a deeply personal and emotional work – ‘it’s the piece that made me want to become an opera conductor… and still one of the pieces that reduces me to tears more easily than any other.’
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EARLY MUSIC

  • Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas: Academy of Ancient Music (Tue 2 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Pioneering Italian ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro is Featured International Baroque Ensemble in the 2018/19 season, presenting four dates, including Handel's Serse and Agrippina (starring Joyce DiDonato) and two Baroque instrumental concerts (Oct, May & Jun 2018)
  • Tristia: Requiems for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette / Le Concert Spirituel/Niquet (Fri 25 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Les Arts Florissants with conductor William Christie (Tue 19 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7pm)
  • Handel: Semele / The English Concert (Fri 5 Apr 2019, Barbican Hall, 6.30pm)
  • Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro (Thu 23 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 8pm)
  • Collegium Vocale Gent with conductor Philippe Herreweghe (Fri 14 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas: Academy of Ancient Music
Tue 2 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 – 15 plus booking fee
A semi-staged performance of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas with the Academy of Ancient Music and music director Richard Egarr concludes the three-year Purcell opera cycle, co-presented by the Barbican, following performances of The Fairy Queen in 2016 and King Arthur in 2017. Over 300 years since its premiere, this Purcell opera still speaks poignantly of love and loss, retelling Virgil’s tragic tale of Queen Dido and Trojan Prince Aeneas. Distinguished soloists include soprano Christine Rice in the role of the heroine who is joined by young soprano Rowan Pierce as her faithful handmaiden Belinda. The programme also features music from Purcell’s Dioclesian – the semi-opera that put the composer on the musical map.
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Il Pomo d’Oro – Featured International Baroque Ensemble
Innovative Italian ensemble Il Pomo d’Oro is the Barbican’s Featured International Baroque Ensemble in the 2018/19 season. The period group under dynamic conductor Maxim Emelyanychev was formed in 2012 only but has already garnered critical accolades. Here they will give four performances throughout the season, including two Handel operas with outstanding International casts: mature masterpiece Serse with Franco Fagioli in the title role and the composer’s early work Agrippina with Joyce DiDonato leading the cast – a singer with whom the group has an established partnership through recording and touring. The opera performances are complemented by concerts that put Handel in the instrumental context of his contemporaries: a concert featuring JS Bach’s Violin Concerto in A minor with violinist Shunske Sato at St Giles’ Cripplegate and a concert including works by Platti, Durante, Tartini, Hasse, Corelli and Boccherini featuring former ECHO Rising Star cellist Edgar Moreau.
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Handel: Serse
Il Pomo d’Oro

Fri 26 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55
Acclaimed counter-tenor Franco Fagioli heads the cast as the hot-blooded Persian tyrant Xerxes, one of Handel’s most compelling dramatic creations. This gloriously colourful opera, which includes one of the 18th century’s very greatest melodies – the aria Ombra mai fu – makes a worthy opening to the Barbican’s focus on Il Pomo d’Oro in the 2018/19 Barbican Presents seson. The ensemble returns following their performance of Tamerlano at the Centre in 2015. The Serse cast also includes Vivica Genoux as Arsamene.
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Il Pomo d’Oro play Bach and Handel
Sat 27 Oct 2018, St Giles’ Cripplegate, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 plus booking fee
Il Pomo d’ Oro’s talented harpsichordist/director Maxim Emelyanychev is joined by Japanese-American Baroque violinist and concertmaster of the Netherlands Bach Society Shunske Sato in a concert at St Giles’ Cripplegate where both display their extraordinary virtuosity in concertos by Bach and Handel: JS Bach Violin Concertos in A minor and E major, Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D major and Handel’s Concerto for Organ in G minor, Op 4 No 1 and the Trio Sonata in G major, Op 5 No 4.
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Handel: Agrippina
Il Pomo d’Oro with Joyce DiDonato

Fri 31 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 75 plus booking fee
Joyce DiDonato returns to the Barbican to play another Handel heroine in this concert performance: Agrippina, a woman on a mission in Handel’s first operatic masterpiece, which caused a sensation in Carnival season in Venice in 1709 and established his reputation as an opera composer. Joyce leads an outstanding International cast also featuring Katryn Lewek (Poppea), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Ottone), Franco Fagioli (Nerone), Luca Pisaroni (Claudio), Andrea Mastroni (Pallante) and Jakub Jósef Orlinski (Narciso).
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Il Pomo d’Oro / Edgar Moreau
Sat 1 Jun 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
The Barbican’s Il Pomo d’Oro focus ends with a programme of Baroque and Classical cello concertos framed by orchestral music, featuring Handel’s Concerto Grosso; Platti’s Cello Concerto in D major; Durante’s Concerto for strings in F minor; Tartini’s Cello Concerto in A major; Hasse’s Sinfonia in G minor, Op 5 No 6; Corelli’s Concerto Grosso, Op 6 No 1 and Boccherin’s Cello Concerto in D major. Soloist, French cellist Edgar Moreau, featured in the ECHO Rising Stars series in May 2017.
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Tristia: Requiems for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
Le Concert Spirituel/Niquet

Fri 25 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
A special UK performance by renowned French Baroque ensemble Le Concert Spirituel and conductor Hervé Niquet in a programme featuring Berlioz’s seldom performed Tristia, marking the 150th anniversary of the composer’s death. The programme also includes two Requiem Masses – powerful choral works from post-Revolutionary France composed in memory of the guillotined King Louis XVI (Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor – regarded as a masterpiece by Beethoven and Berlioz) and his Queen, Marie Antoinette (Plantade’s Requiem in D minor).
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Bach: St John Passion
Les Arts Florissants
with conductor William Christie
Tue 19 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee
Les Arts Florissants and music director William Christie return to Barbican Presents with a Lent performance of Bach’s St John Passion. William Christie brings a lifetime’s experience of performing Bach’s great retelling of Christ’s passion to this concert. Reinoud Van Mechelen as the Evangelist leads a youthful cast of soloists including Anthony Gregory (tenor), Katherine Watson (soprano), Carlo Vistoli (countertenor), Renato Dolcini (bass-baritone) and Alex Rosen (bass-baritone).
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Handel: Semele
The English Concert

Fri 5 Apr 2019, Barbican Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
The English Concert and its Artistic Director Harry Bicket return to the Barbican with Semele in what promises to be another spirited Handel performance. Also featuring The Clarion Choir and artistic director Steven Fox Clarion and Brenda Rae in the title role leading a cast of soloists featuring Elizabeth DeShong (Juno/Ino), Soloman Howard (Somnus/Cadmus), Benjamin Hulett (Jupiter), Christopher Lowrey (Athanus) and Ailish Tynan (Iris).
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Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro
Los Angeles Masterchorale
and conductor Grant Gershon
Thu 23 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
(see special projects section for further info)
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Bach: Mass in B minor
Collegium Vocale Gent
with conductor Philippe Herreweghe
Fri 14 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
Few modern performers are better equipped to tackle Bach’s transcendent Mass setting than Philip Herreweghe’s pioneering ensemble Collegium Vocale Gent. Together they have been performing Bach in a historically informed style for nearly six decades. And after a near-lifetime’s experience, Herreweghe’s ensemble approaches this music with an understanding and a naturalness that’s almost unequalled.
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CHAMBER MUSIC

  • Kavakos/Ma/Ax Trio (Sun 9 Sep 2018, Barbican Hall, 3pm)
  • Emerson String Quartet (Thu 8 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Batiashvili/Capuçon/Thibaudet Trio Mon 12 Nov 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Casals Quartet: The Seven Last Words of Christ (Fri 1 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Casals Quartet and Tamara Stefanovich: Hungariana (Sun 3 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 11am/3pm/7.30pm)
  • Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin with the Doric Quartet (Mon 11 Feb & Sun 26 May 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm)

Kavakos/Ma/Ax Trio
Sun 9 Sep 2018, Barbican Hall, 3pm
Tickets £20 – 75 plus booking fee
Three of the world’s pre-eminent soloists – Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Yo-Yo Ma (cello) and Emanuel Ax (piano) – come together as a chamber super group to perform all three of Brahms’s Piano Trios (Trio No. 1 in B Major, Trio No. 2 in C Major and Trio No. 3 in C Minor), which span the composer’s entire creative life and can be seen as an autobiography that increases in concentration and emotional power as it progresses. The recent recording of this cycle of the Brahms Piano Trios by Kavakos, Ma and Ax received great critical acclaim.
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Emerson String Quartet
Thu 8 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 35 plus booking fee
In this Milton Court concert the revered Emerson String Quartet play music at the heart of their repertoire: Shostakovich String Quartet No 8 in C minor, Op 110 (dedicated to ‘the victims of fascism and war’), Britten String Quartet No 3 in G major, Op 94 (inspired by a vision of Venice cloaked in mist, and one of the last pieces he ever wrote) and Beethoven String Quartet No 7 in F major, Op 59 No 1 (Razumovsky). Over four decades, this great American quartet has become a byword for clarity, precision and interpretative insight and their Beethoven has long been unequalled.
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Batiashvili/Capuçon/Thibaudet Trio
Mon 12 Nov 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
In this special Barbican Presents date, regular collaborators with a shared musical vision Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Gautier Capuçon (cello) and Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano) come together to form another ‘supertrio’. The programme includes Ravel’s only piano trio (in A minor), which he wrote in the early days of the First World War, and is complemented by Shostakovich’s Piano Trio No 1 (in C minor, Op 8) and Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No 2 (in C minor, Op 66).
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Casals Quartet: The Seven Last Words of Christ
Fri 1 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 35 plus booking fee
Superb Spanish ensemble, the Casals Quartet will appear in two Milton Court dates this season. The first concert on 1 Feb 2019 sees the quartet perform Haydn’s The Seven Last Words of Christ – the composer’s powerful musical meditations on suffering, loss and redemption, featuring poetry and readings interwoven with the music.
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Casals Quartet and Tamara Stefanovich: Hungariana
Sun 3 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 11am /3pm / 7.30pm
Tickets (per concert) £15 – 30 plus booking fee
The second appearance by the Casals Quartet in the 2018/19 Barbican Presents season is a whole day curated by creative director Gerard McBurney. The day is entitled Hungariana and features readings, visuals and music in three concerts exploring the music of the towering trio of Hungarian composers Bartók, Ligeti and Kurtág whose utterly individual sounds helped define modern music. The day also features pianist Tamara Stefanovich. Hungariana Part 1 at 11am includes Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata I, Kurtág’s Mikroludien and Játékok (selection) and Bartók’s String Quartet No 1. Hungariana Part 2 at 3pm features Kurtág’s Six moments musicaux, Bartók’s Bagatelles and String Quartet No 3 as well as Ligeti’s Etudes. The programme of Hungariana Part 3 includes Bartók’s Burlesques, Kurtág’s Játékok (selection) and Ligeti’s Musica Ricercata II and String Quartet No 1.
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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin with the Doric Quartet
Mon 11 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor will appear in two concerts with the Doric Quartet (as well as in recital) in this Barbican Presents season, with two unique programmes built around Chopin’s two piano concertos in the scaled-down chamber versions for piano quintet, as used by Chopin for the Parisian salon performances of his time. The programme in this first concert on 11 Feb 2019 includes Chopin’s First Piano Concerto, Schubert’s Quartettsatz and Fauré’s Piano Quintet No 1 in D minor. ’Out of solo playing, concertos and chamber music, it’s the latter that perhaps appeals to me the most‘ says Grosvenor.
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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin with the Doric Quartet
Sun 26 May 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
In this second concert, Benjamin Grosvenor and the Doric Quartet complete their pocket-sized Chopin concerto cycle with the Second Piano Concerto. Also featured as part of the programme are Brahms’s F minor Piano Quintet, Janáček’s String Quartet No 1, Kreutzer’s Sonata and Dvořák’s Piano Quintet.
Brahms wrestled for years with his Piano Quintet, and the work that resulted is practically a miniature symphony. It’ll make a revealing companion piece to Chopin’s Second Piano Concerto – performed here in a delightful 19th-century chamber version for piano and string quartet.
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SOLO RECITALS

Singers

  • Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano: Requiem (Wed 5 Dec 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Diana Damrau in recital (Wed 16 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Measha Brueggergosman (Tue 8 May 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Magdalena Kožená and Yefim Bronfman in recital (Mon 20 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)

Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano: Requiem
Wed 5 Dec 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
Tenor Ian Bostridge is accompanied by pianist and regular collaborator Sir Antonio Pappano in ‘Requiem’, a programme that reflects on the pity of war and the tragic loss of those called up from the fields to fight. The concert features songs by Mahler (from Des Knaben Wunderhorn: Revelge, Der Tambourg’sell and Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen), Britten (from Who Are These Children: Nightmare, Slaughter, Who are these children? and The Children) and Kurt Weill (Four Walt Whitman Songs), as well as songs by British and German composers who both fell in battle: Rudi Stephan (Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied) and George Butterworth (Shropshire Lad).
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Diana Damrau in recital
Wed 16 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 50 plus booking fee
The German soprano launches her exploration of the music of Richard Strauss in the most personal way – with an evening of solo song, with a programme including songs by Strauss, Schubert and Rachmaninov. Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss.
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

Measha Brueggergosman
Tue 8 May 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
Canadian soprano Measha Brueggergosman presents a song recital that ranges from some of the greatest French art songs to John Cage, typical of her breadth of style. She is a multi-award winning classical soprano who is equally at home mentoring the next generation of vocal stars on Canada’s Got Talent as performing in the concert hall. The programme includes Ravel’s Shéhérezade; Debussy’s Chansons de Bilitis; Duparc’s Chanson Triste, L'Invitation au voyage, Phydilé and La vie antérieure; Cage’s The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs; Montsalvatge’s Cinco Canciones Negras and selected cabaret songs by William Bolcom.
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Magdalena Kožená and Yefim Bronfman in recital
Mon 20 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
International opera star, mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, whose profound musicianship and beguiling artistry continues to attract critical acclaim, and pianist Yefim Bronfman present a programme of selected Brahms songs; selected songs from Mussorgsky’s The Nursery, Shostakovich’s Satires, Op 109 and Bartók’s Village Scenes.
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Pianists

  • Evgeny Kissin in recital (Wed 6 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Arcadi Volodos in recital (Thu 7 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Khatia Buniatishvili in recital (Mon 1 Apr 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Benjamin Grosvenor in recital (Thu 16 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)
  • Murray Perahia in recital (Mon 3 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)

Evgeny Kissin in recital
Wed 6 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee
Well-known to Barbican audiences, Evgeny Kissin, one of the supreme pianists of our time, returns to the Centre for a recital including Chopin’s Three Nocturnes; Schumann’s Piano Sonata No 3 in F minor; Debussy’s Eight Preludes and Scriabin’s Sonata No 4 in F-sharp major. Kissin has come a long way since his historic teenage debut in the 1980s, and is now a master-pianist at the peak of his maturity and prowess.
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Arcadi Volodos in recital
Thu 7 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 40 plus booking fee
Following a highly acclaimed Barbican recital in 2015, Russian pianist Arcadi Volodos returns to home territory with Russian repertoire including the piano works by Scriabin (Sonata No 5, Op 53 and Flammes sombres Op 73 No 2) and Rachmaninov (Preludes in C-sharp minor Op 3 No 2 and F-sharp minor, Op 23 No 1) as well as some of his own arrangements of Rachmaninov’s works – including the Andante from the Cello Sonata, Op. 19. Also featured as part of the programme is Schubert’s Sonata No 18 in G major. Volodos is celebrated for his exquisite sensitivity and expressive range as much as for his impeccable technique.
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Khatia Buniatishvili in recital
Mon 1 Apr 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 40 plus booking fee
The Georgian-born France-based piano virtuoso Khatia Bunatiashvili is renowned for her refined and elegant technique; she herself has described the piano as “the blackest instrument …a symbol of musical solitude”. As a performer she excels in repertoire that exploits this sensitivity, and it is a side of her that will be demonstrated in her Barbican recital. Programme tba.
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Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
Thu 16 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 40 plus booking fee
Internationally recognized for his electrifying performances and insightful interpretations, Benjamin Grosvenor is welcomed back to the Barbican following his appearance with the Doric Quartet at Milton Court Concert Hall in February 2019 – this time with a typically imaginatively and varied solo recital programme. The pianist will contrast the Romantic drama of Robert Schumann’s Blumenstück and Kreisleriana, and Liszt’s Réminicences de Norma (based on Bellini’s opera), with Janáček‘s Piano Sonata 1.X.1905, his only sonata for the instrument, and Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives.
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Murray Perahia in recital
Mon 3 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 50 plus booking fee
One of the world's most respected pianists, Murray Perahia stands at the pinnacle of a career, having been performing on the concert stage for over forty years, as well as appearing with all the world’s leading orchestras. He returns to the Barbican in 2019 for a solo recital in June. Programme tba.
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Instrumentalists

  • Sheku Kanneh-Mason in recital (Tue 4 Dec 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • HPSCHD: Music for electronics and Harpsichord / Mahan Esfahani (Thu 17 Jan 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm)
  • Joshua Bell in recital (Wed 27 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm)

Sheku Kanneh-Mason in recital
Tue 4 Dec 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15-30 plus booking fee
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason has quickly become one of the most eloquent and charismatic presences on the UK concert scene following his triumph in BBC Young Musician in 2016. He will make his Milton Court Concert Hall debut in a performance to include Boccherini’s Cello Sonata No 6 in A major – written when the composer was only a few years older than Sheku himself. This work, defined by its 18th-century sensibility, provides striking contrast to the other three sonatas in this programme: Brahms’ impassioned Cello Sonata No 2 in F major, Poulenc’s playful sonata and the experimental cello sonata by Debussy. Sheku is accompanied on piano by his sister Isata Kanneh-Mason, an accomplished soloist in her own right.
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HPSCHD: Music for electronics and Harpsichord / Mahan Esfahani
Thu 17 Jan 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50-25 plus booking fee
Since making his London debut in 2009, multi-award winning Iranian harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani has worked tirelessly to establish the harpsichord in the mainstream of concert instruments in classical and contemporary repertoire. His debut at Milton Court Concert Hall includes the world premiere of Faroese composer Sunleif Rasmussen’s Quadroforone (a Barbican commission), alongside the UK premiere of a new work by Anahita Abbasi, an Iranian composer of acoustic and electro-acoustic music. These new works will complement three 20th-century works written specifically for the instrument: Berio’s Rounds, Xenakis’ Khoaï and excerpts from John Cage’s HPSCHD – scored for harpsichord and magnetic tapes.
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Joshua Bell in recital
Wed 27 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15-45 plus booking fee
Celebrated American violinist Joshua Bell returns to the Barbican for a solo recital in February 2019, following a hugely successful performance in the summer of 2017. Programme tba
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PREMIERES AND COMMISSIONS

  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle: Fanfare (world premiere) co-commissioned by the Barbican and the LSO for Sir Simon Rattle to open the LSO season (Sun 16 Sep 2018 – LSO promotion) and a new work (world premiere), co-commissioned by the Barbican, the LSO, Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation, Orchestre de Paris, Philharmonie Luxembourg and Swedish Radio (Wed 1 May 2019 – LSO promotion)
  • Die Stadt ohne Juden - A Dystopian Prophecy of Intolerance (UK premiere) – a live screening of the restored 1924 silent movie with a new live score by Olga Neuwirth, commissioned by the Barbican (Thu 15 Nov 2018)
  • The UK premiere of Giacinto Scelsi’s Uaxuctum: The Legend of the Maya City, destroyed by themselves for religious reasons is presented by the London Contemporary Orchestra (Wed 31 Oct 2018)
  • The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents the UK premiere of the concert performance of Mountain (Tue 23 Oct 2018)
  • Roderick Williams, Milton Court Artist-in-Residence programmes for the baritone’s residency will include the UK premieres of a new work by Williams himself and by composer Bob Chilcott performed by the BBC Singers (Sun 11 Nov 2018) as well as the world premiere of a new song cycle by Ryan Wigglesworth (Tue 26 Feb 2019)
  • Sunleif Rasmussen: Quadroforone (world premiere, commissioned by the Barbican) and a new work by Anahita Abbasi (UK premiere), both performed by harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani (Thu 17 Jan 2019)

Premieres as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series:

  • The Amatis Trio present the UK premiere of a new commission by the Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi as part of their ECHO concert (Fri 28 Sep 2018)
  • Trombonist Peter Moore will perform a new piece written and commissioned specially for him by Roxanna Panufnik as part of his ECHO rectial (Fri 18 Jan 2019)
  • Quartor Arod’s ECHO performance includes the UK premiere of a new quartet by Benjamin Attahir (Fri 1 Feb 2019)
  • Baritone Josep Ramon Olivé’s ECHO programme includes a new collaboration with composer and video artist Raquel García-Tomás.(Fri 8 Mar 2019)
  • Cellist Kian Soltani performs a specially commissioned new work by jazz pianist David Hebrock as part of this ECHO date (Fri 12 Apr 2019)
  • ECHO artist Anaïs Gaudemard (harp) will give the UK premiere of a new commission by young French composer Camille Pépin (Fri 5 Jul 2019)

ECHO RISING STARS

  • Amatis Piano Trio (Fri 28 Sep 2018, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm)
  • Peter Moore (trombone) (Fri 18 Jan 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm)
  • Quatuor Arod (Fri 1 Feb, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm)
  • Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone) (Fri 8 Mar 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm)
  • Kian Soltani (cello) (Fri 12 Apr 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm)
  • Anaïs Gaudemard (harp) (Fri 5 Jul 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm)

The ECHO Rising Stars series returns to LSO St Luke’s, presenting emerging young talent tipped for stardom by the directors of Europe’s premier concert halls. Each artist’s performance features a short new work, commissioned by ECHO from a range of international composers.

Amatis Piano Trio
Fri 28 Sep 2018, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
The 2018/19 ECHO Rising Star series launches with The Amatis Trio (nominated by Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Kölner Philharmonie, Konzerthaus Dortmund and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg), who will perform a programme to include classics of the piano trio repertoire, alongside the UK premiere of a new commission by the Swedish composer Andrea Tarrodi, who draws her inspiration from art and landscape. The young Amsterdam-based trio and current BBC New Generation Artists have established an international reputation, winning several international prizes and competitions. ​The Amatis Piano Trio is also committed to contemporary music and thus founded the ‘Dutch Piano Trio Composition Prize’ in 2015, encouraging young composers to further the piano trio repertoire.
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Peter Moore (trombone)
Fri 18 Jan 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
Nominated for ECHO by the Barbican, the London Symphony Orchestra’s brilliant young Co-Principal Trombone Peter Moore made history when he was appointed in 2014 at the age of just 18 – as the LSO’s youngest ever member. He won the BBC Young Musician competition in 2008 aged only 12. For his ECHO concert he will perform a new piece written and commissioned specially for him by Roxanna Panufnik - a composer with a uniquely original and expressive voice.
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Quatuor Arod
Fri 1 Feb, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
Selected as BBC New Generation Artists in 2017, the young French string quartet Quartuor Arod make their Barbican debut as part of the ECHO Rising Stars series, as nominated by Bozar Brussels and Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. Their performance includes the UK premiere of a new quartet by Benjamin Attahir, a composer with whom the Arods have already forged a particularly close artistic bond. Despite only forming in 2013, the quartet has risen to acclaim across Europe, having benefitted from mentoring from both the Ebène and Artemis Quartet.
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Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone)
Fri 8 Mar 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
Nominated by L’Auditori Barcelona and the Palau de la Música Catalana, the Catalan baritone Josep Ramon Olivé is garnering attention as one of the finest lieder singers of his generation. Olivé studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, completing both a Singing Masters in 2014 and the Opera Course in 2016, and winning the School’s prestigious Gold Medal in 2017. His ECHO programme includes a new collaboration with Barcelona-born, London-based composer and video artist Raquel García-Tomás. Olivé is equally praised for his roles on the operatic stage as for his interpretation of Early Music and romantic lieder.
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Kian Soltani (cello)
Fri 12 Apr 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
Austrian-Persian cellist Kian Soltani, nominated by the Wiener Konzerthaus and Musikverein Wien, has won numerous awards (including the International Paulo Cello Competition in 2013), received invitations to perform at the world’s leading concert halls, and is already signed to Deutsche Grammophon. His versatility will be showcased in this ECHO performance with a specially commissioned new work by jazz pianist David Hebrock.
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Anaïs Gaudemard (harp)
Fri 5 Jul 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
Since winning the 1st Prize at the prestigious International Harp Contest in 2012, Anaïs Gaudemard has become an internationally recognized soloist. Nominated by the Cité de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation Lisbon for the ECHO series, she will give the UK premiere of a new commission by young French composer Camille Pépin, acclaimed for her sensitive feel for instrumental colour.
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Notes to Editors

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About the Barbican

A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does. Over 1.1 million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, Associate Producer Serious, and Artistic Partner Create. Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl, Deborah Warner, Drum Works and Michael Clark Company. The Los Angeles Philharmonic are the Barbican’s International Orchestral Partner, the Australian Chamber Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court and Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra are International Associate Ensemble.

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LISTINGS

September 2018

The Second Violinist
Landmark Productions & Irish National Opera

Thu 6 – Sat 8 Sep 2018, Barbican Theatre, 7.45pm
Tickets £16 – 40 plus booking fee
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Kavakos/Ma/Ax Trio
Sun 9 Sep 2018, Barbican Hall, 3pm
Tickets £20 – 75 plus booking fee
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LSO 2018/19 Season Opening Concert
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Sun 16 Sep 2018, Barbican Hall, 7pm
(LSO promotion)
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ECHO Rising Stars: Amatis Piano Trio
Fri 28 Sep 2018, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
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October 2018

Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas: Academy of Ancient Music
Tue 2 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £10 – 15 plus booking fee
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City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra with Music Director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla
Sat 13 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
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Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mozart's Last Three Symphonies
Mon 22 Oct 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
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International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Mountain
Tue 23 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £25 plus booking fee
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International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court

Australian Chamber Orchestra: Bach, Beethoven and Bartók
Wed 24 Oct, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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International Associate Ensemble at Milton Court

Rupak Kulkarni + Meeta Pandit
Thursday 25 October 2018, Milton Court Concert Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £20 – 50 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival

Soumik Datta + Malladi Brothers
Friday 26 October 2018, Milton Court Concert Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £20 – 50 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival

Handel: Serse
Il Pomo d’Oro

Fri 26 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55
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Featured International Baroque Ensemble

Ustad Wasifuddin Dagar
Saturday 27 October 2018, Milton Court Concert Hall, 10am
Tickets £20 – 50 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival

Sanju Sahai
Saturday 27 October 2018, Milton Court Concert Hall, 2pm
Tickets £20 – 50 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival

Lalgudi GJR Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi + Omar Dadarkar
Saturday 27 October 2018, Milton Court Concert Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £20 – 50 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival

Il Pomo d’Oro play Bach and Handel
Sat 27 Oct 2018, St Giles’ Cripplegate, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50 plus booking fee
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Featured International Baroque Ensemble

Ustad Shahid Parvez + Parveen Sultana
Sunday 28 October 2018, Barbican Hall, 5.30pm
Tickets £18 – 75 plus booking fee
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Darbar Festival

London Contemporary Orchestra: Other Worlds
Wed 31 Oct 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 25 plus booking fee
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November 2018

Emerson String Quartet
Thu 8 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 35 plus booking fee
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BBC Singers/Sofi Jeannin
Sun 11 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 3pm
Tickets £12 – 25 plus booking fee
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Milton Court Artist-in-Residence
Part of For the Fallen

Batiashvili/Capuçon/Thibaudet Trio
Mon 12 Nov 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
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Die Stadt ohne Juden (The City Without Jews)
A Dystopian Prophecy of Intolerance

Thu 15 Nov 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 plus booking fee
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Part of The Art of Change

December 2018

Jóhann Jóhannsson: Last and First Men
Sat 1 Dec 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £20 – 35 plus booking fee
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Sheku Kanneh-Mason in recital
Tue 4 Dec 2018, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15-30 plus booking fee
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Ian Bostridge and Sir Antonio Pappano: Requiem
Wed 5 Dec 2018, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
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January 2019

Diana Damrau in recital
Wed 16 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 50 plus booking fee
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

HPSCHD: Music for electronics and Harpsichord / Mahan Esfahani
Thu 17 Jan 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £17.50-25 plus booking fee
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ECHO Rising Stars: Peter Moore (trombone)
Fri 18 Jan 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
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Tristia: Requiems for Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette
Le Concert Spirituel/Niquet

Fri 25 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
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Diana Damrau sings Strauss's Four Last Songs
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jansons

Sat 26 Jan 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

February 2019

ECHO Rising Stars: Quatuor Arod
Fri 1 Feb, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
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Casals Quartet: The Seven Last Words of Christ
Fri 1 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 35 plus booking fee
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Casals Quartet and Tamara Stefanovich: Hungariana
Sun 3 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 11am /3pm / 7.30pm
Tickets (per concert) £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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Evgeny Kissin in recital
Wed 6 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee
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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin with the Doric Quartet
Mon 11 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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Roderick Williams: An Italian Songbook
Tue 19 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30
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Milton Court Artist-in-Residence

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra: Mahler's Ninth Symphony
Conducted by Ádám Fischer

Wed 20 Feb 2019, Barbian Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 – 80 plus booking fee
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Roderick Williams in recital
Tue 26 Feb 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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Milton Court Artist-in-Residence

Joshua Bell in recital
Wed 27 Feb 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15-45 plus booking fee
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March 2019

Arcadi Volodos in recital
Thu 7 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
£15 – 40 plus booking fee
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ECHO Rising Stars: Josep-Ramon Olivé (baritone)
Fri 8 Mar 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
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Bach: St John Passion
Les Arts Florissants
with conductor William Christie
Tue 19 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7pm
Tickets £15 – 65 plus booking fee .
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London Symphony Orchestra: Diana Damrau sings Strauss
Sun 31 Mar 2019, Barbican Hall, 7pm
Tickets £16 – 56 plus booking fee
(LSO promotion)
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Part of Diana Damrau sings Strauss

April 2019

Khatia Buniatishvili in recital
Mon 1 Apr 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
£15 – 40 plus booking fee
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Handel: Semele
The English Concert

Fri 5 Apr 2019, Barbican Hall, 6.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
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ECHO Rising Stars: Kian Soltani (cello)
Fri 12 Apr 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
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May 2019

Harrison Birtwistle Premiere
London Symphony Orchestra/Sir Simon Rattle

Wed 1 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
(LSO promotion)
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Measha Brueggergosman
Tue 8 May 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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Benjamin Grosvenor in recital
Thu 16 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
£15 – 40 plus booking fee
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Magdalena Kožená and Yefim Bronfman in recital
Mon 20 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
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Lasso: Lagrime di San Pietro
Los Angeles Masterchorale
and conductor Grant Gershon
Thu 23 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 8pm
Tickets £15 – 45 plus booking fee
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Orchestra of Santa Cecilia: Mahler's Sixth Symphony
Conducted by Sir Antonio Pappano

Sat 25 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
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Benjamin Grosvenor plays Chopin with the Doric Quartet
Sun 26 May 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 30 plus booking fee
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Handel: Agrippina
Il Pomo d’Oro with Joyce DiDonato

Fri 31 May 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 75 plus booking fee
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Featured International Baroque Ensemble

June 2019

Il Pomo d’Oro / Edgar Moreau
Sat 1 Jun 2019, Milton Court, 7.30pm
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Featured International Baroque Ensemble

Murray Perahia in recital
Mon 3 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
£15 – 50 plus booking fee
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Bach: Mass in B minor
Collegium Vocale Gent
with conductor Philippe Herreweghe
Fri 14 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £15 – 55 plus booking fee
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The Cunning Little Vixen
London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle

Thu 27 & Sat 29 Jun 2019, Barbican Hall, 7.30pm
Tickets £25 – 75 plus booking fee
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July 2019

ECHO Rising Stars: Anaïs Gaudemard (harp)
Fri 5 Jul 2019, LSO St Luke’s, 1pm
Tickets £12 plus booking fee
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