Barbican Sessions

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Each month, we invite an artist to perform a live session in our spaces 

From our Conservatory to our highwalks and beyond, watch exclusive performances from a range of artists in our ongoing series. 

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Barbican Sessions: Erland Cooper

Scottish multi-instrumentalist and producer Erland Cooper brings a tape machine, a piano and a cello together for an intimate performance in the Barbican Foyer.

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Barbican Sessions: Andrew Bird

For our most recent Barbican Session, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and prodigious whistler Andrew Bird performs ‘Sisyphus’ from his latest album My Finest Work Yet. 
 

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Barbican Sessions: Shabaka Hutchings

For our latest Barbican Session, one of the central figures of the London jazz scene, Shabaka Hutchings performs an improvised piece on bass clarinet.

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Barbican Sessions: Bartosz Glowacki

 

Accordionist Bartosz Glowacki performs the animated third movement ‘Thieves’ from Five views on the Archipelago Gulag by Ukrainian composer Victor Vlasov in the entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

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Barbican Sessions: Gazelle Twin

 

In our latest Barbican Session, British composer, producer and musician Gazelle Twin performs ‘Glory’ in the Barbican Conservatory.

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Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams and Andrew West

 

Filmed in an empty Milton Court Concert Hall, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform a beautiful rendition of 'An die Nachtigall' by Johanness Brahms.

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Barbican Sessions: Timo-Veikko Valve

 

In our latest session, Timo-Veikko Valve, principal cello at the Australian Chamber Orchestra, performs JS Bach's Sarabande from Suite No.4 for Unaccompanied Cello BWV1010 in E-flat Major at Milton Court.

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Barbican Sessions: Soumik Datta

 

Deep within the Barbican, British Indian composer Soumik Datta performs ‘From Raag to Reel’ on his custom built, fretless sarod (a 19-stringed instrument).

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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.

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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.

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Barbican Sessions: Laura Cannell

For our latest Barbican Session, experimental musician Laura Cannell performs in our Car Park 5.
 

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Barbican Sessions: Microdisney

 

For our latest Barbican Session, Irish rock band Microdisney perform their song 'Dolly' in the Barbican Exhibition Halls.

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Barbican Sessions: Christoph Sietzen

 

For our latest Barbican Session, percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs in an empty Cinema 1.

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Barbican Sessions: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform 'High

 

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain take to the stairs outside the Barbican Hall to perform a raucous rendition of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell'.

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Watch: Barbican Session - Carleen Anderson

In this Barbican Session, Soul singer Carleen Anderson performs Before Me from her album 'Cage Street Memorial' in our conductor's dressing room.

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Watch: Barbican Sessions- Felicita

In this Barbican Session, London-based electronic musician felicita performs Track 6 from the 2016 'a new family' EP in our Conservatory.

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Watch: Barbican Sessions- Black Top

 

In the first of our Barbican Sessions, Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, perform a live concert after hours in our 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' exhibition.