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.
Nicola Benedetti celebrates the music of dance through the ages in three pioneering works for solo violin, ranging from Baroque refinement with J S Bach to foot-stomping fun with Wynton Marsalis.
Ben Goldscheider and Tom Poster: ECHO Rising Stars
The ‘musical Bear Grylls’ (Huffington Post) brings his fearless attitude and dexterity to three staples of the French horn repertoire and the premiere of an exciting new commission from Mark Simpson.
Academy of Ancient Music: Haydn's Creation
The Biblical creation story told in music of cosmic grandeur. Join us in the Hall or online for a journey of unbridled joy, from the dramatic moment the first ray of light hits the waters of the deep.
Davóne Tines in conversation
Davóne Tines appears in conversation at Milton Court to talk about his career, looking forwards and his online profile to students at Guildhall School.
Davóne Tines – Recital No 1: MASS
Sometimes a singer steps onto the stage offering something new, breaking down barriers of genre, time and music for a transcendent experience. Davóne Tines is one such singer.
Come for the fireworks, stay for the poetry: pianist Khatia Buniatishvili brings her barnstorming technique and thoughtful musicality to music from great Baroque and Romantic masters.
Joyce DiDonato & Craig Terry: In My Solitude
The effervescent mezzo and pianist/arranger Craig Terry ruminate on the pain of loneliness and the warmth and joy of human interaction in a heartfelt song recital very much for our time.
Up for Grabs
Relive one of the beautiful game’s greatest final day dramas. Projected highlights of Anfield 89 get the symphonic treatment as Lee Dixon reunites members of Arsenal’s title-winning team to reminisce.
Shostakovich: Life, Letters & Friendship
Experience the intense emotional power of Shostakovich’s String Quartets as the Carducci Quartet paint an intimate portrait of the great composer through music and spoken word.
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.
Le Concert Spirituel: Handel’s Coronation Anthems
Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel put an unmistakably French polish on the baroque grandeur of Handel’s coronation anthems, including the spine-tingling ceremonial Zadok the Priest.
Adès: The Tempest
Thomas Adès’s 2004 opera recreates Shakespeare’s enchanted isle on his own, utterly magical terms in what the New York Times called ‘one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas in years.’
Insula Orchestra: Mozart's Requiem
Mozart’s awe-inspiring Requiem makes even more of an impact in an imaginative musical context – a real speciality of Laurence Equilbey and her energising, uncompromising Insula Orchestra.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Indies & Idols
Discover how the kaleidoscopic dissonances and tripped-out textures of 20th-century Polish classical music ended up inspiring some of the boldest sounds in 21st-century culture.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Debussy’s Complete Préludes
Short in length but limitless in imagination, all 24 of Debussy’s magical Préludes for piano are performed by one of their supreme living interpreters, Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Sarah Cahill: The Future is Female
400 years, 62 composers but just one pianist: Sarah Cahill performs a day-long celebration of female voices and female creativity, challenging entrenched myths and persistent prejudices.
Khatia Buniatishvili in recital
Come for the fireworks, stay for the poetry: Khatia Buniatishvili brings her barnstorming technique and thoughtful musicality to piano music by great Romantic and 20th-century masters.
ECHO Rising Stars: Jess Gillam
Brilliant saxophonist Jess Gillam opens a new ECHO Rising Stars series featuring Europe’s most vibrant young musicians, performing a selection of classics spanning four centuries.
Behzod Abduraimov in recital
Behzod Abduraimov plays Rachmaninov’s Corelli Variations and Schumann’s Kreisleriana – a marvellously poetic showcase for this fast-rising pianist.
ECHO Rising Stars: Vanessa Porter
Be enchanted, energised, and entertained by percussionist Vanessa Porter; a virtuoso performer who strikes sparks off everything she touches.
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.