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Jess Gillam and Katie Melua with background of snowflakes and sonar waves

A Choral Christmas

Welcome to tonight's concert A Choral Christmas, with Bob Chilcott, the BBC Singers and members of the BBC Concert Orchestra, with special guest vocalist Katie Melua and presented by Jess Gillam.

An illustration of a young person holding paint brushes and pens. A sweep of blue paint creates a rainbow over their head.

Akin: We Cover the Universe

Emmy the Great with a silhouette of the Barbican behind her

Emmy the Great: Rethinking Mid-Autumn

Emma-Lee Moss talks to poet and academic Sarah Howe about reflecting on her heritage in her latest project.

Erland Cooper with a silhouette of the Barbican behind him

Erland Cooper Live from the Barbican

Erland Cooper talks to Robin Murray about ushering the magic of Orkney into the Barbican Hall.

Iestyn Davies and Rowan Pierce on background of snowflakes and sonar waves

Handel's Messiah

Handel’s Messiah has enshrined itself in the canon as a holiday tradition. But how was it initially received? Harriet Smith finds out.

Ian Bostridge and Dame Sarah Connolly in front of a Barbican tower

Ian Bostridge & Dame Sarah Connolly

Chausson’s beautiful song cycle Poeme de l’amour et de lar mer is a revealing companion to Vaughan Williams’s quintessentially English pastoral idyll, On Wenlock Edge, as Harriet Smith explains.

Nubya Garcia with a silhouette of the Barbican behind her

Nubya Garcia: Live from the Barbican

Arwa Haider delves into the source of Nubya Garcia’s musical inspiration.

Richard Dawson with a silhouette of the Barbican behind him

Richard Dawson: Live from the Barbican

Richard Dawson talks to Martin Aston about creativity in lockdown and the pertinence of his album 2020.

Shabaka Hutchings with a silhouette of the Barbican behind him

Shabaka Hutchings & Britten Sinfonia

As jazz meets classical, Harriet Smith discusses the innovative pieces in performance tonight.

Bryn Terfel laughing in front of the Barbican tower

Sir Bryn Terfel with Britten Sinfonia

Harriet Smith dives deeper into Sir Bryn Terfel’s programme.

Professor Brian Cox smiling in front of a Barbican tower silhouette

The Cosmos with Professor Brian Cox & BBC SO

What links the universe with music by Jean Sibelius, Charles Ives and Gustav Mahler? Harriet Smith finds out..

Neil Hannon with a silhouette of the Barbican behind him

The Divine Comedy Live from the Barbican

Neil Hannon and Martin Aston discuss The Divine Comedy’s 30th anniversary celebrations.

The Kanneh-Mason Family smiling with the Barbican tower illuminated on them

The Kanneh-Mason Family in Concert

Harriet Smith unpacks the success of the seven gifted Kanneh-Mason siblings.

Photo of a boy sitting by a box of oranges

Vox Motus: Flight