Seek the source of human inspiration under the guidance of William Christie and his exquisite Baroque ensemble in Handel’s poetic oratorio L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato.
What inspires great poetry – meditation and contemplation of life’s great mysteries, or a life of pleasure lived to its fullest? Handel’s pastoral ode pits the virtues of mirth and melancholy against one another, setting the striking allegorical poetry of John Milton to typically glorious and evocative music.
And who better to perform it than the group who have revolutionised how musicians perform – and we listen to – Baroque music. Critics ran out of fresh superlatives to describe performances by Les Arts Florissants many years ago. Suffice to say they’ll use all their flair, verve and je ne sais quoi to bring Handel’s sparkling music and Milton’s colourful characters to life.
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Wheelchair spaces and free companion seats may now be booked online.
Please select the relevant preferences on the access registration page during your booking so we can provide you with the correct information and discounts.
Booking a wheelchair space: Select a seat displaying the wheelchair user icon and then select wheelchair user ticket type. The ticket will be priced at the lowest price for that event. If you need an essential companion, please select the click the E icon next to the wheelchair space you have selected.
Booking essential companion tickets: Please select at least two tickets and one of them will be automatically discounted to zero in the basket.
Booking British Sign Language or Captioned Seats: Select seats in the area appropriate to your needs.
£3 booking fee per online transaction, £4 by phone.
No fee when tickets are booked in person.
Booking fees are per transaction and not per ticket. If your booking contains several events the highest booking fee will apply. Booking fees do not currently apply to bookings for exhibitions in the Art Gallery. The booking fee may be reduced on certain events.
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The Barbican Hall is located within the main Barbican building. Head to Level G and follow the signs to find your seating level.
Silk Street, London
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Spaces for wheelchair users in row U at the rear of the stalls (up to sixteen, depth of row 180cm) and the back row of the circle (four), both with fold-down companion seats. Some seats in row S of the stalls for people with very limited mobility.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the concert hall where there are a limited number of suitable seats in row G of the stalls. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the cloakroom staff during the performance.
There is an induction loop in the concert hall. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting.