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International Soloists 2018–19

Great pianists, superstar trios, celebrity vocalists – you'll find them all here.

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Barbican Presents 2018–19

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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Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts 2018–19

BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concerts take place at 1pm on various Fridays throughout the year and feature the finest chamber music performances from established performers and up-and-coming artists alike.

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London Symphony Orchestra 2018–19

The London Symphony Orchestra was established in 1904 and has a unique ethos and an inimitable signature sound. It has been the Resident Orchestra at the Barbican since the Centre opened in 1982.

Classical Premieres and Commissions Series Page 2018-19

Classical Premieres and Commissions 2018–19

From the urban pulse of Steve Reich to the elemental force of Harrison Birtwistle, the world of contemporary classical music is more diverse, original and explosive than at any time in recent history.

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ECHO Rising Stars 2018–19

The Barbican is proud to be a part of ECHO, the European Concert Halls Organisation – which collaborates each year to give Europe’s brightest young musical stars a truly international platform.

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BBC Symphony Orchestra 2018–19

The backbone of the BBC Proms and one of the UK's finest orchestras, the BBC SO performs a thrilling, distinctive range of music, from works at the heart of classical music to contemporary premieres.

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Academy of Ancient Music 2018–19

The Academy of Ancient Music brings to life music from Monteverdi to Mozart in the way it was first intended to be heard.

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Drama of the Baroque

Drama is everything when it comes to the Baroque - and we’ve got plenty of it, from the tragedy of Dido and Aeneas to the startling modern sensuality of Handel’s Semele.

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International Orchestras 2018–19

The Barbican is London’s home-from-home for the world’s great orchestras.