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Thomas Adès at 50

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Thomas Ades in front of a Barbican Tower silhouette

Join us in celebrating one of Britain’s most original musical voices. Thomas Adès plays composer, conductor and pianist in his 50th birthday concert with the versatile Britten Sinfonia.

Adès’s hand-picked programme captures the remarkable ability of music to conjure up countless different worlds at the drop of a hat. Make the mad dash from the summit of Olympus in Beethoven’s Prometheus; rustle in the undergrowth with an assortment of woodland wildlife in Janáček’s Concertino; and feel the grind of life aboard an 18th-century sailing ship in the UK premiere of Adès’s new work, Shanty – Over the Sea.

Produced by the Barbican in association with Britten Sinfonia

Tickets must be booked online in advance. Tickets to watch the concert online from your home are only available until the event begins.


Ticket booking closes when the concert begins. After this point if you have a ticket you can watch again for another 48 hours. If you don’t have a ticket, unfortunately you won’t be able to watch.

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