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.
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Gavin Bryars at 80
Celebrate the pioneering composer's 80th birthday, with some of Gavin Bryars’s most iconic works, performed by the Gavin Bryars Ensemble.
Hear a new generation get behind the greatest orchestral music of all time – experience an exhilarating adventure in sound with The National Youth Orchestra.
ECHO Rising Stars: Sean Shibe
Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe takes us on a journey through guitar and lute music across the centuries from 17th century lute music to new work by Thomas Adès.
African Strings with Abel Selaocoe
Abel Selaocoe presents a mesmerising fusion of musical worlds, bringing together timeless minimalism and the intricate harmonies of the Baroque era with the unique timbres of African strings.
Jean-Yves Thibaudet: Debussy Préludes
Short in length but limitless in imagination, all 24 of Debussy’s magical Préludes for piano are performed by one of their supreme living interpreters, Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
Freya Waley-Cohen and Manchester Collective: Spell Book
The Manchester Collective, soprano Héloïse Werner and mezzo-sopranos Fleur Barron and Katie Bray come together to perform the beguiling Spell Book by British-American composer Freya Waley-Cohen.
Dido and Aeneas
A sumptuous pairing of Baroque masterpieces featuring an all-star cast conducted by Maxim Emelyanychev, with Joyce DiDonato and Andrew Staples as the ill-fated lovers in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas.
ECHO Rising Stars: Sonoro Quartet
The Sonoro Quartet, ECHO Rising Stars for 2023/24, plays a programme of new works alongside music by Guillaume Lekeu and Shostakovich’s searing String Quartet No 8.
Abel Selaocoe and Britten Sinfonia
Star cellist Abel Selaocoe continues his Artist Spotlight series with a programme of powerful music by Tavener, Beethoven and Bartók in collaboration with the Britten Sinfonia.
Evgeny Kissin, one of the finest pianists of the age, gives a recital of formidable complexity: two great sonatas by Beethoven and Prokofiev frame two sets of fine pieces by Brahms and Rachmaninov.
Hera Hyesang Park and Bretton Brown
Soprano Hera Hyesang Park and pianist Bretton Brown give a recital that celebrates Park’s Korean heritage, finding parallels and contrasts between western repertoire and Korean art and folk-song.
Georgian pianist Khatia Buniatishvili brings passion and vulnerability to her performances, qualities sure to abound in a recital of Beethoven, Stravinsky, and transcriptions by her hero, Liszt.
Abel Selaocoe Presents Chesaba
Chesaba: a trio devoted to the multilayered textures of South African music are joined by BCUC – fresh from winning the WOMEX Artist Award 2023 – for an evening of kaleidoscopic Sowetan sounds.
ECHO Rising Stars: Mathis Stier
With pianist Rie Akamatsu, ECHO artist Mathis Stier showcases the versatility of the bassoon in a programme that takes us from the 18th and 19th centuries through to the present day.
Reformations: Concerto with Dunedin Consort and Sean Shibe
Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe and the Dunedin Consort, Scotland’s foremost Baroque ensemble, join forces for a feast of early and recent repertoire, including Cassandra Miller’s new concerto.
Allan Clayton, Alice Zawadzki and Héloïse Werner
Internationally acclaimed singers Allan Clayton, Alice Zawadzki and Héloïse Werner are joined by pianist Kit Downes and cellist Colin Alexander in a programme of new works by each of the artists.
Anthony McGill and Kaleidoscope Collective
Delve into the depths of the human experience with deeply personal chamber music by Brahms and Messiaen, performed by clarinettist Anthony McGill and the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective.
Anthony McGill: Gran Partita
Clarinettist Anthony McGill collaborates with the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective and stars of the next generation from Guildhall School, as he closes his Milton Court residency.
Masterclass with Leonidas Kavakos
'A great violinist at the top of his game' (Gramophone), Leonidas Kavakos shares his expertise with burgeoning young musicians from Guildhall School.
Kavakos Plays Bach: Part 1
In the first of two concerts, Leonidas Kavakos performs three works from J S Bach’s Six Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas, each one an intimate, intricate masterpiece.
Natalie Dessay and Philippe Cassard: Women's Words
Soprano Natalie Dessay guides us through a gallery of unforgettable women, from composers Alma Mahler, Clara Schumann and Fanny Hensel-Mendelssohn to great operatic heroines.
Anthony McGill and Michael McHale
Clarinettist Anthony McGill, Milton Court’s Artist-in-Residence, performs an exhilarating all-American programme with pianist Michael McHale.
Anthony McGill Masterclass
Anthony McGill – the New York Philharmonic’s Principal Clarinet – shares his ‘lustrous sound and dynamic range’ (Bachtrack) with budding musicians from Guildhall School in an evening masterclass.
Anthony McGill and Britten Sinfonia
Celebrated clarinettist Anthony McGill embarks on his residency at Milton Court, in an evening of conversation and performance with Britten Sinfonia.
Insula orchestra/Laurence Equilbey: Fauré's Requiem
Heaven and earth: Mat Collishaw’s mesmerising projections accompany sacred music by Fauré and Gounod, connecting these spiritual works to human experience and the natural world.
Fenella Humphreys & Leah Broad
Violinist Fenella Humphreys joins forces with author Leah Broad and pianist Nicola Eimer to explore some of the most important but neglected figures of 20th century music.
From Bach to Webern, pianist Piotr Anderszewski finds fascinating connections between composers whose visionary ideas would change keyboard music forever.
Maxim Vengerov and Polina Osetinskaya
Grammy Award-winning violinist Maxim Vengerov is joined by pianist Polina Osetinskaya in some of the great violin sonatas of the Romantic era.
In a recital that covers a kaleidoscopic range of colours and styles, Beatrice Rana makes her Barbican recital debut with some of the most demanding and dazzling music written for piano.
Mullova Ensemble: Transfigured Night
Through music, poetry and dance, Viktoria Mullova and her ensemble take us on an immersive journey into a nocturnal forest, setting the scene for Schoenberg’s profoundly moving ode to love.
ECHO Rising Stars: Axelle Fanyo and Kunal Lahiry
Hear one, choose one: Axelle Fanyo invites the audience to curate the perfect programme, from enchanting French music to American song cycles that set your imagination free.
Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Rising star Nardus Williams and period-instrument ensemble Europa Galante enter a world of Baroque brilliance in a programme of music by Vivaldi, Handel and Purcell.
Roomful of Teeth
Grammy-winning vocal group Roomful of Teeth returns with new music by composers celebrated for breaking down cultural boundaries.
Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Jurowski: Mahler 4
Hear tales of life, death and the love we share in between as the Bayerisches Staatsorchester continues its 500th anniversary celebrations with three jewels of the Romantic period.
OperaBrass: Free Lunchtime Concert
OperaBrass, the brass section of the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, gives a free lunchtime performance ahead of the orchestra's evening concert.
Bayerisches Staatsorchester/Jurowski: Alpine Symphony
In the first of two concerts, the Bayerisches Staatsorchester (Bavarian State Orchestra) celebrates its 500th anniversary with music that pays homage to the orchestra’s formidable history.
Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra/Keri-Lynn Wilson
Art over adversity: the Ukrainian Freedom Orchestra returns to London with a programme of music by Ukrainian composers plus one of Beethoven’s most epic symphonies.
The Met Orchestra/Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Joyce DiDonato, Angel Blue and Russell Thomas: if this dream team of singers wasn’t enough, add in Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the fabled Met Orchestra and you’ve got an unmissable end to our season.
Joby Talbot's Everest
The UK premiere of Joby Talbot and Gene Scheer’s new opera Everest: a spectacular drama of life, death and the human spirit on the roof of the world.
Les Siècles/François-Xavier Roth
Les Siècles and their conductor François-Xavier Roth bring their extraordinary sonic textures and native sensibilities to evocative masterpieces of the French repertoire.
Barbican Sessions: Isata Kenneh-Mason
Isata Kanneh-Mason plays Brahms's Op 118, No 3 'Ballade' in our Fountain Room
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: 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: Contemporary Classical on Spotify
Discover music from across the Contemporary Classical spectrum – from Judith Weir and George Benjamin to Nils Frahm and Max Richter.