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Our boundary-pushing music programme cuts across all genres, including work by contemporary artists, experimental collaborations and visits from the world’s best orchestras and soloists.

Alongside our resident, associate and international ensembles and other partners we provide some of the finest musical experiences the capital has to offer, from Baroque operas to cutting-edge electronic music. Together we create projects which would otherwise be unfeasible, and at the heart of a multi-arts centre we produce concerts which go beyond the standard live music experience, presenting music which hovers at the edges of classification.

We showcase and invest in emerging talent through commissions, learning programmes and through our partnership with the Guildhall School. Our concerts are open and accessible to all; we offer thousands of discounted tickets to 14 – 25 year olds through our Young Barbican scheme and present music all over the city, from the main stage at Walthamstow Garden Party to the Beech Street tunnel.


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Barbican Sessions: Satu Vänskä


In an empty Theatre, Satu Vänskä, Principal Violinist of the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's ‘Allemande’ from Partita II in D minor.

Barbican Recommends

Listen: Barbican Recommends

Not sure what to listen to? Every month we update our Barbican Recommends Spotify playlist with what we've been listening to in the office. Expect everything from Punk to Jungle to Classical.

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Barbican Sessions: Keaton Henson


For our latest Barbican Session, English folk rock musician Keaton Henson performs an Impromptu on a theme from Six Lethargies in our Library.

Resident orchestra

London Symphony Orchestra

Resident orchestra

The LSO was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos and an inimitable signature sound. As the Barbican’s Resident Orchestra the LSO performs 70 concerts a year here in London and a further 70 worldwide on tour. Its pioneering music education programme LSO Discovery offers musical experiences to 60,000 people every year, and the orchestra works alongside its partners in the City’s cultural hub - the Barbican, Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Museum of London to bring about the future of great music in London.

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Our associate orchestra

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Associate Orchestra at the Barbican and backbone of the BBC Proms, the BBC Symphony Orchestra is one of the UK’s finest. The BBC SO has a strong commitment to 20th-century and contemporary music and performs an annual season of concerts at the Barbican. 

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Associate ensembles

Academy of Ancient Music

The Academy of Ancient Music is an internationally renowned orchestra and choir, performing Baroque and Classical music in the style of the era, under the director of Laurence Cummings. Creativity and spontaneity in performance is grounded in scholarship and a constant exploration of music in its broadest cultural context.

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Britten Sinfonia

Britten Sinfonia is acclaimed for its virtuoso musicianship, an inspired approach to concert programming that makes bold, intelligent connections across 400 years of repertoire, and a versatility that is second to none. Unusually it does not have a principal conductor or director but chooses to collaborate with a range of the finest international guest artists from across the musical spectrum as suited to each particular project.

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Associate producer


Serious create and produce jazz, world & contemporary music concerts, shows and tours, working with artists and musicians from the UK and internationally.

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