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.
LA Phil New Music Group: Late-night Green Umbrella concert
Join us as we take the pulse of musical modernism in the UK in a free showcase of cutting-edge compositions from classical music’s coalface.
Errollyn Wallen: Dido's Ghost
This performance will now be taking place in the Hall on Sun 6 Jun. All bookers have been notified.
Anne-Sophie Mutter plays Beethoven
Three of Beethoven’s most celebrated violin sonatas from one of the world’s pre-eminent violinists.
Anita Rachvelishvili & Sir Antonio Pappano in recital
Sir Antonio Pappano accompanies Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili, a singer whom esteemed conductor Ricardo Muti has named ‘without doubt the best Verdi mezzo-soprano today on the planet’.
The Cleveland Orchestra/Welser-Möst
Igor Levit joins one of the truly great US orchestras and Franz Welser-Möst in Mozart at his most playful, Scriabin at his most romantic, and Thomas Adès at his most thrillingly original.
Australian Chamber Orchestra: Kreutzer Sonata
Virtuosity, intensity and emotion in the raw: masterpieces by Beethoven, Janáček and a new work by Thomas Adès show off the Australian Chamber Orchestra at their super-charged best.
Isata Kanneh-Mason in recital
One of Britain’s most talked-about young pianists gives an imaginative and characteristic solo recital, encompassing works from Beethoven and Clara Schumann to Barber and Gershwin.
Pekka Kuusisto & Friends: Quartet for the End of Time
A vision of eternity, as violinist Pekka Kuusisto and three friends explore the ecstatic musical universe of Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.
Mark Padmore & Jonathan Biss: Schumann
The songs of Robert Schumann trace a poetic journey through the intricacies of the human heart: hear tenor Mark Padmore and pianist Jonathan Biss explore their riches.
An Anatomy of Melancholy
Iestyn Davies’s crystalline voice, Netia Jones’s haunting visuals, and John Dowland’s ravishingly bittersweet music come together in an intimate theatrical meditation on the consolations of sorrow.
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.