Barbican Presents brings some of the greatest international classical artists, orchestras and ensembles to London, in a stimulating and eclectic mix of classical, contemporary, and Baroque music.
Arcangelo: Haydn’s Creation
The Biblical creation story told in music of cosmic grandeur; a journey of uninhibited joy from the dramatic moment the first ray of light hits the waters of the deep.
Bach: Six Suites, Six Echoes
Bach’s music speaks across time, yet somehow exists outside of any era. Queyras pairs each of the six cello suites with an echo from our own time in a stimulating dialogue of spirit and mind.
Lang Lang plays the Goldberg Variations
A profoundly personal project for one of the 21st century’s most influential musical personalities: Lang Lang tackles one of the most legendary keyboard works ever written.
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra/Jansons
Following the sad news of Mariss Jansons's passing in December 2019, we have been unable to secure a replacement conductor and therefore regretfully have to cancel this performance.
Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Beethoven
Three of Beethoven’s most celebrated violin sonatas from one of the world’s pre-eminent violinists.
ECHO Rising Stars: Noa Wildschut
Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky are the cornerstones of this showcase recital from the young Dutch violinist Noa Wildschut.
The English Concert: Handel’s Rodelinda
Lucy Crowe and Iestyn Davies are the devoted partners Rodelinda and Bertarido, heading a cast packed with exactly the sort of vocal star-power that Handel would have expected.
New York Philharmonic: Mahler Symphony No 1
See a small piece of music history, as Jaap van Zweden makes his first London appearance as Music Director of the New York Philharmonic.
New York Philharmonic: Mahler Symphony No 2
Mahler’s Resurrection opens on the brink of the abyss and finishes at the end and rebirth of all existence. Every performance is special, but how much more so when the orchestra is Mahler’s own?
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Goldberg Variations
There are as many ways to unlock the miracles of Bach’s Goldberg Variations as there are performers – and when those performers are Tognetti and the ACO, the possibilities grow exponentially.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Luminous
Photographer Bill Henson’s dramatic night-time landscapes and moody explorations of sensuality form the backdrop to a meditative soundscape of music in this arresting multi-sensory journey.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: The Lark Ascending
Richard Tognetti sweeps the Australian Chamber Orchestra from inter-war England to the dark heart of the Viennese psyche.
The Sixteen: Le grand Inconnu
Few living composers communicate with the emotional directness of James MacMillan, and the opportunity to hear two substantial new works in one concert is genuinely rare.
Alison Balsom in Gabriel: An Entertainment with Trumpet
All human life is here: Samuel Adamson’s theatrical celebration of Baroque music brings to life the sights, sounds and stories of 17th-century London through the eyes of a court trumpeter.
Scandinavia’s super-orchestra bring their silken strings and luminous woodwind to bear on Strauss and Shostakovich, before joining forces with another giant of Norwegian music, Leif Ove Andsnes.
Steve Reich/Gerhard Richter
Steve Reich and Gerhard Richter – two giants of contemporary culture – come together in a major new collaboration: a cinematic exploration of Richter’s intense, abstract painting 946-3.
The Philip Glass Ensemble
A rare opportunity to see the Philip Glass Ensemble, as they perform one of the composer’s early masterpieces for the first time in over 48 years in the UK.
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.
Listen: Classical Music on Spotify
Follow our regularly updated Classical Music playlist for a sample of the music you'll hear across our programme.
Barbican Sessions: Christoph Sietzen
For our latest Barbican Session, percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs in an empty Cinema 1.
Listen: Contemporary Classical on Spotify
Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.
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.