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.
Jeremy Denk plays The Well-Tempered Clavier: Book 1
A set of preludes and fugues for keyboard, one in each key. It all sounds so rational, but in truth this is music of unparalleled imagination, fantasy, ingenuity and beauty from J S Bach.
Lise Davidsen & Freddie De Tommaso with James Baillieu
Lise Davidsen is the definition of box office in the opera world right now. And we’ve got the perfect vocal partner for her in Freddie De Tommaso, ‘a young tenor of limitless promise (The Times).
Lise Davidsen Vocal Masterclass
Lise Davidsen imparts her knowledge and experience to Guildhall School Musicians as she leads a masterclass with the singers of tomorrow.
World premiere: LISE + ScreenTalk
LISE is a cinematic opera encounter – a hybrid between recorded concert and film – with soprano Lise Davidsen, the Norwegian National Opera Orchestra and conductor Edward Gardner.
Tai Murray & Martin Roscoe
Tai Murray brings her 'technically flawless' (Muso) playing to Romantic sonatas and 21st-century minimalism in an evening bridging the past and the present with pianist Martin Roscoe.
Oslo Philharmonic/Klaus Mäkelä & Lise Davidsen
Enjoy Lise Davidsen’s sublime soprano one last time, as she closes her artist spotlight, and our season, in the company of Scandinavia’s super-orchestra and their electrifying Chief Conductor.
Academy of Ancient Music: Haydn's The Seasons
Haydn’s life-affirming oratorio of nature, humanity and the eternal cycle of the year – conducted by AAM Music Director Laurence Cummings and brought vividly to life with striking new visuals.
ECHO Rising Stars: James Newby & Joseph Middleton
Navigate feelings of restlessness, longing and isolation as baritone James Newby and Joseph Middleton examine humans’ eternal search, geographical and psychological, for a distant object of desire.
Take a trip down memory lane as pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason looks back in a nostalgic evening inspired by the imaginations and experiences of childhood.
Alison Balsom and Anna Lapwood
Superstar trumpeter Alison Balsom is joined by trailblazing organist Anna Lapwood for an intimate recital that’ll raise the roof, with arrangements from across the centuries.
Paul Lewis: A 50th Birthday Celebration
Join us to celebrate one of the greatest pianists our country has ever produced, in a birthday recital bookended by the repertoire for which he is most well-known and loved: Beethoven sonatas.
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.
Insula orchestra/Laurence Equilbey: Fidelio
Beethoven’s only opera Fidelio is an explosion of ideas. Part family drama, part political treatise, it’s an ode to love and freedom, as moving today as it was when first performed over 200 years ago.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Nelsons & Rudolf Buchbinder
Andris Nelsons conducts one of the world’s most storied orchestras in Part II of his Strauss Project, with the brilliant pianist Rudolf Buchbinder providing an extra sprinkling of star power.
Gewandhausorchester Leipzig/Nelsons: The Strauss Project
Andris Nelsons conducts one of the world's greatest orchestras in the first of an epic series profiling Richard Strauss, arguably classical music’s most brilliant picture-painter.
Zadie Smith and the BBC Symphony Orchestra
Zadie Smith, one of the most influential cultural figures in Britain joins the BBC Symphony Orchestra for a concert blurring boundaries between music and words.
ECHO Rising Stars: Simply Quartet
Simply Quartet are, simply, ‘one of the brightest quartets of its generation’ says Vladimir Balshin. As cellist of one of the world’s oldest and most distinguished chamber groups, he should know.
Vivaldi: Sacred and Secular
Spend a day with the music of Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi and in the company of John Holiday, ‘one of the finest countertenors of his generation' (LA Times).
Joyce DiDonato: Eden
Joyce DiDonato explores the majesty, might and mystery of nature, contemplating our place on this planet through the magic of theatre and the transformative power of music.
Jess Gillam with Zeynep Özsuca and Sam Becker
It’s hard not to be drawn in by Jess Gillam, an outstanding saxophonist with a bubbling personality to match. Come and see for yourself as she does what she loves to do most – make music with friends.
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.