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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this concert on Wed 20 Oct will be postponed. All bookers have been contacted, and a new date will be communicated in due course.
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.
James McVinnie Ensemble: Glassworks
Join us in the Hall or online for an evening of entrancing minimalism and unorthodox sounds from Philip Glass and Chris P. Thompson, including the work that brought Glass to the mainstream Glassworks.
Fantasie Nègre: The Piano Music of Florence Price
Samantha Ege has dedicated her life to ‘illuminating the diversity of classical music’s past, present, and future’. Here she champions three remarkable composers that history almost left behind.
Mark Padmore & Jonathan Biss: Dichterliebe
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.
Jamie Barton & Jake Heggie
Jamie Barton and Jake Heggie’s yearning programme explores what we’ve all been missing over the past year – music, its link with words, and the human connection of live performance.
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.
Evgeny Kissin in recital
Evgeny Kissin reaffirms his credentials as one of the greatest pianists of our time in a programme that contrasts Chopin’s romantic miniatures with three very different 20th-century masters.
Hear a concert from the one-of-a-kind violin virtuoso who possesses ‘the most personal sound of any violinist now alive’ (Telegraph).
Sheku Kanneh-Mason & Isata Kanneh-Mason in recital
Our concert featuring Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason will now be going ahead on Sun 4 Jul with some minor programme alterations.
Piotr Anderszewski plays Bach
One of the pre-eminent pianists of our time embraces one of the repertoire’s profoundest challenges, as Piotr Anderszewski plays a selection of Bach’s Preludes and Fugues.
Pekka Kuusisto & Nico Muhly: Breaking Ground
Travel from rural Finland to bustling Manhattan and find the threads between J S Bach and Philip Glass as Pekka Kuusisto and Nico Muhly share their limitless musical world.
Pappano & Friends: Jonas Kaufmann & Sir Antonio Pappano
Jonas Kaufmann, universally celebrated as ‘the world’s greatest tenor’ (Telegraph), joins his old friend Sir Antonio Pappano for an evening of song.
LA Phil/Dudamel: Dante
Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil go to Hell and back in the first UK concert performance of Thomas Adès’s astonishing Dante – a fire-and-brimstone ballet music trilogy based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.
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.
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.