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Our Precious Planet

with BBC Symphony Orchestra and Grégoire Pont

Illustration of various types of plants against a black background

Marvel at the beauty and fragility of our world in a family concert of sound and storytelling, with Grégoire Pont’s drawings projected live alongside thrilling music from the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Explore the chaos of the Big Bang and the wonders of Mother Earth, meeting a magnificent array of birds, insects, animals and even a few dinosaurs along the way. Discover the destruction as human activity goes into overdrive. Dramatic, moving and at times laugh-out loud funny, we ask the ultimate question: what do we want the future of our precious planet to look like?

Artist Grégoire Pont is passionate about using animation to bring classical music to life for young audiences, illustrating live to music in his performance concept ‘Cinesthetics’.  ‘It would be impossible to draw a list of all the tricks and spells that the young audience discovers with amazement during the performance’ says ResMusica. Tonight, Pont celebrates our precious planet, aided by the wonderful sounds of the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Dalia Stasevska.

This performance will finish at approximately 6.10pm, with no interval

This performance is designed for children aged 711, though younger and older children are very welcome to attend

This livestream will be available to watch back until Mon 30 Jan 2023 at 5pm. You can buy a ticket up until this point. The live stream is available globally.

Co-produced by the Barbican and BBC SO


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2 tickets max per booking.


Subject to availability

Livestream £5

Aged 14–25? Join Young Barbican for free.

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For in person tickets, please book a £5 'Under 26s' ticket

Wheelchair spaces and free companion seats may now be booked online. 

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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. 

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20% discount for groups of 10+. Contact [email protected] to make a group booking.

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*Excludes £3 booking fee

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