One old, one new: the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform two works fraught with tension, shrouded in darkness, and finally, a breakthrough to the beyond.
The tumultuous rollercoaster of life is one we can all relate to, but perhaps no-one writes it better than Mahler in his achingly haunting Symphony No 9: an ode to life, death, and the joys of the time in between. And we hear echoes of Mahler’s swooping melodies in Rick van Veldhuizen’s mais le corps taché d'ombres, alongside the tightly knit counterpoint of Berg and Ligeti. The sounds of 1970s disco divas are in there too, because what is life without a dance? Beginning fragmented and isolated, mais le corps is a spider’s web of phrases drifting towards a final unity.
It’s been six years since the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra were last resident here, and what a lot we’ve all been through since. Tonight is surely a reminder to enjoy what you have while you have it, and there’s no better way to do that than through music.
The end time for this concert will be added here closer to the performance date
Produced by the Barbican
Generously supported by the Performing Arts Fund NL
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.