Barbican Centre

Barbican Centre
Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
  • Box office 020 7638 8891
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  • Bar open Mon-Sat 9.30am-7.30pm, Sun 11am-8pm
  • Box office times Mon–Sat 9am–8pm, Sun 11am–8pm
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  • Website www.barbican.org.uk
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Barbican Centre

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Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue, the historic Barbican Centre leaves no creative stone unturned with a programme of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning events. It hosts classical, opera and contemporary musical concerts and is home to the London Symphony Orchestra. The cinemas shows new and classic releases, including festivals and themed seasons whilst the creative learning events offer workshops, talks, tours and exhibition for families, young people and adults. The centre also contains a library, art galleries, three restaurants and a conservatory of tropical planets and exotic fish.

Barbican, St Paul’s and Moorgate underground stations are all within walking distance and the centre has four car parks on Beech Street and Silk Street.

Events at this venue

There are 58 events at this location

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Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the information displayed here is accurate, always check with the venue before attending (especially during the Covid-19 pandemic).

Anita Rachvelishvili & Sir Antonio Pappano in recital

Sir Antonio Pappano accompanies Georgian mezzo Anita Rachvelishvili, a singer whom esteemed conductor Ricardo Muti has named ‘without doubt the best Verdi mezzo-soprano today on the planet’.

Fri 25 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Anton and Erin: Showtime

The ballroom duo are back with a programme celebrating the classic icons of the entertainment world, from Judy Garland and Frank Sinatra to Chaplin and Liza Minelli.

Sat 26 Feb 2022

Hall

£48.88–£57 / 020 7638 8891

Anything Goes

A major new production of Cole Porter and P. G. Wodehouse’s classic golden age musical heads out on tour.

Sat 8 May

Theatre

Cancelled / 020 7638 8891

Sun 9 May

Theatre

Cancelled / 020 7638 8891

Tue 11 May

Theatre

Cancelled / 020 7638 8891

…and 134 more dates until 16 Oct

BBC SO/New

Gemma New and the BBC SO explore the music of American composers and their students in this concert of groovy, glitzy and gregarious scores, from Copland and Bernstein to Adams and Kernis.

Thu 13 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC SO/Oramo

Clara Schumann’s diary records ‘wild sounds’ emanating from her husband’s study on 31 May 1841. A new symphony was taking shape on Schumann’s desk, but what Clara didn’t know is that her husband was in the process of writing her into the score, which flows subtly and beautifully from a winding tune on strings and bassoon…

Fri 30 Apr

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC SO/Stasevska

Dalia Stasevska conducts the BBC SO season finale with Kodály’s intense and outspoken Psalmus Hungaricus for choir and orchestra.

Fri 28 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC SO/Wigglesworth

Ryan Wigglesworth conducts his own symphonic shortcut through the culmination to Wagner’s Ring and Schoenberg’s seminal monodrama Erwartung.

Fri 23 Apr

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Beethoven & Bjarnason

The LA Phil launch their 2021 residency with a supercharged rendition of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony and are joined by Vikingur Ólafsson in a new piano concerto by fellow-Icelander Daníel Bjarnason.

Fri 21 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Breaking Down (15*)

This programme collects films with imagery produced by the artist purposefully eroding the photochemical emulsion on the surface of the filmstrip.

Thu 22 Jul

Cinema 1

£12 / 020 7638 8891

Christian Löffler

German electronic producer and visual artist Christian Löffler conjures up light in an immersive live performance of euphoric minimal techno.

Sat 6 Nov

Hall

£22.50–£27.50 / 020 7638 8891

Fri 28 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season.

Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows

Singer, songwriter and composer Damon Albarn's new project, inspired by the landscapes of Iceland, receives its UK premiere.

Mon 21 Feb 2022

Hall

£20–£40 / 020 7638 8891

The Divine Comedy: Absent Friends/Victory For The Comic Muse

Neil Hannon, the always charming Irish songwriter, leads the Divine Comedy's musically diverse repertoire.

Sat 4 Sep

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Sat 3 Sep 2022

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

The Divine Comedy: Bang Goes The Knighthood/Foreverland

Neil Hannon, the always charming Irish songwriter, leads the Divine Comedy's musically diverse repertoire.

Sun 5 Sep

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Sun 4 Sep 2022

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

The Divine Comedy: Casanova/A Short Album About Love

Neil Hannon, the always charming Irish songwriter, leads the Divine Comedy's musically diverse repertoire.

Thu 2 Sep

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Thu 1 Sep 2022

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

The Divine Comedy: Fin de Siècle/Regeneration

Neil Hannon, the always charming Irish songwriter, leads the Divine Comedy's musically diverse repertoire.

Fri 3 Sep

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Fri 2 Sep 2022

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

The Divine Comedy: Liberation/Promenade

Neil Hannon, the always charming Irish songwriter, leads the Divine Comedy's musically diverse repertoire.

Wed 1 Sep

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Wed 31 Aug 2022

Hall

£25–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Donizetti’s Il furioso all’isola di San Domingo

Britten Sinfonia and Opera Rara revive their successful partnership to present a rarely performed Donizetti masterpiece set in the West Indies.

Thu 8 Jul

Hall

£15–£40 / 020 7638 8891

Dubuffet and Brutalism: Barbican Walking Tour

Join Jon Astbury, Assistant Curator, Architecture & Design at the Barbican for a walking tour around the Barbican Estate, exploring the relationship between Jean Dubuffet, Art Brut and Brutalism.

Thu 1 Jul

£5 / 020 7638 8891

A Dubuffet Love-in with Adam Green

Join musician Adam Green for a special evening including excerpts from his 2016 film Aladdin, some musical numbers and a discussion about the impact Dubuffet’s artwork has had upon his own creativity.

Thu 29 Jul

Free / 020 7638 8891

Echoes of Scotland

Venture to the beautiful Scottish Highlands with the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo as the wild landscapes are brought vividly to life through music.

Sun 25 Apr

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Sun 25 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season.

Gustav Mahler & Gabriella Smith

Gustavo Dudamel and his Los Angeles Philharmonic close their Barbican residency with Mahler’s great song of loss and love, and Gabriella Smith’s shimmering new vision of the California skies.

Sun 23 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Handel’s Coronation Anthems

Hervé Niquet and Le Concert Spirituel put an unmistakably French polish on the baroque grandeur of Handel’s coronation anthems, including the spine-tingling ceremonial Zadok the Priest.

Tue 15 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Has the Feature Started Yet? (12A*) + pre-recorded intro

In this hugely influential handmade film the artist’s interventions on the filmstrip constitute a destructive assault on the material of film itself.

Thu 5 Aug

Cinema 1

£12 / 020 7638 8891

How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative

An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?

Mon 17 May

Level G

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Tue 18 May

Level G

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Wed 19 May

Level G

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

…and 218 more dates until 23 Dec

Jean Dubuffet

An exhibition celebrating Jean Dubuffet, one of the most powerful and provocative voices in the post-war avant-garde.

Tue 20 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Wed 21 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Thu 22 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

…and 31 more dates until 23 May

Jean Dubuffet

An exhibition celebrating French artist Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985), one of the most singular and provocative voices in postwar modern art.

Mon 17 May

Art Gallery

£18 / 020 7638 8891

Tue 18 May

Art Gallery

£18 / 020 7638 8891

Wed 19 May

Art Gallery

£18 / 020 7638 8891

…and 95 more dates until 22 Aug

Jonas Kaufmann & Sir Antonio Pappano in recital

Jonas Kaufmann, universally celebrated as ‘the world’s greatest tenor’ (Telegraph), joins his old friend Sir Antonio Pappano for an evening of song.

Sun 16 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Julie Mehretu in conversation with Camille Houzé

Join artist Julie Mehretu in conversation with Dubuffet scholar Camille Houze, as they discuss the legacy of Jean Dubuffet’s painting practice.

Thu 3 Jun

Free / 020 7638 8891

Lindsey Mendick in conversation with Charlotte Flint

Join artist Lindsey Mendick and Curatorial Assistant Charlotte Flint for a discussion about the role of art making as a form of relief, catharsis and comfort.

Thu 20 May

Free / 020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1904 and is one of the world's leading orchestras. It has a long association with film music, playing on the soundtracks of the first Star Wars movie, Superman and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Its current principal conductor is Valery Gergiev.

Thu 3 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Sun 13 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra/Rattle: Stravinsky Ballets

Three scenes from a revolution. Sir Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky’s three great ballets – The Firebird, Petrushka and The Rite of Spring – in one electrifying concert.

Thu 22 Apr

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

London Symphony Orchestra/Tilson Thomas

If music could sound like a Scandinavian sunrise, it would sound like Sibelius's Fifth Symphony. So skip the rush hour: Michael Tilson-Thomas is serving up refreshment for the spirit.

Wed 26 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Thu 27 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

LSO Discovery Day

A morning LSO rehearsal* conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, followed by an afternoon featuring a talk and chamber music.

Sun 13 Jun

Hall

£22 / 020 7638 8891

LSO Discovery: Family Concert

The London Symphony Orchestra presents a Family Concert in the Barbican Hall featuring the full orchestra.

Sat 8 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Lso Half Six Fix Concert & Lso Pioneers Networking Reception

Join us for a one-hour concert by the London Symphony Orchestra starting at 6.30pm and stay afterwards for a post-concert networking reception with other music-lovers and young professionals, as well as LSO musicians. The post-concert reception is for LSO Pioneers - the Orchestra's philanthropic programme for young…

Wed 26 May

£19.20–£28 / 020 7638 8891

Matthew Halsall & The Gondwana Orchestra

Highly-praised Manchester trumpeter, composer and head of Gondwana records playing modern jazz and funk.

Mon 1 Nov

Hall

£25.95–£31.70 / 020 7638 8891

Maxim Vengerov in recital

The sensational violinist Maxim Vengerov sets classical grace against music from the depths of the Russian soul.

Mon 26 Apr

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra/Nézet-Séguin

Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, we regret that the Metropolitan Opera New York has cancelled its entire 2020–21 season, including its European tour and this concert in June 2021.

Tue 29 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

MoodSwing

Jazz from Joshua Redman, Brad Mehldau, Christian McBride and Brian Blade performing their classic 1994 album, MoodSwing, alongside more recent hits.

Sun 11 Jul

Hall

£30–£49.50 / 020 7638 8891

Murray Perahia in recital

‘When Perahia is at his best, one can only wonder at the polish and luminous beauty of his playing’ wrote Andrew Clements in The Guardian. This solo recital should be something genuinely special.

Sat 19 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Novo Amor

Beautiful melancholic music from this Welsh singer-songwriter.

Thu 29 Apr

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Mon 23 May 2022

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Orlando Weeks

Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees) plays indie, pop, punk and funk.

Mon 25 Oct

Hall

£17.50–£25 / 020 7638 8891

£27.50 / 020 7638 8891

Sat 15 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season.

Penguin Cafe

This concert has been rescheduled from Thu 10 Jun 2021 to Tue 22 Mar 2022. All tickets remain valid.

Thu 10 Jun

Hall

£27.50–£60 / 020 7638 8891

Penguin Cafe

Arthur Jeffes' group Penguin Cafe was formed with the intention of carrying on in the tradition of his father's band, the much-loved folk innovators the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Tue 22 Mar 2022

£27.50–£60 / 020 7638 8891

LA Phil/Dudamel: Dante

Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Phil go to Hell and back in the first UK concert performance of Thomas Adès’s astonishing Dante – a fire-and-brimstone ballet music trilogy based on Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Sat 22 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Raw Vision (U*)

Dive into a world of colour with this programme of films made by scratching into, painting on, or affixing things to the surface of the filmstrip.

Thu 8 Jul

Cinema 1

£12 / 020 7638 8891

Rose Wylie in conversation with Charlotte Flint

Join artist Rose Wylie for an online conversation with Curatorial Assistant Charlotte Flint.

Thu 17 Jun

Free / 020 7638 8891

Fri 30 Apr

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season.

Thu 13 May

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season.

Suzanne Vega

The American singer-songwriter and guitarist performs folk-infused alternative rock and folk-rock. her latest tour is a duo celebration of the 30th anniversary of her sophomore record Solitude Standing and the 25th anniversary of her fourth album 99.9F.

Tue 15 Feb 2022

Hall

£30–£39.50 / 020 7638 8891

£43.50 / 020 7638 8891

The Tempest

Thomas Adès’s 2004 opera recreates Shakespeare’s enchanted isle on his own, utterly magical terms in what the New York Times called ‘one of the most inspired, audacious and personal operas in years.’

Mon 28 Jun

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

Tony Visconti & Woody Woodmansey present The Best of Bowie

David Bowie’s former producer/ bassist Tony Visconti and drummer Woody Woodmansey get ready to launch their new Bowie project ‘The Best Of Bowie’ featuring long time fan and friend Heaven 17’s Glenn Gregory plus the all star Holy Holy band in April 2021. The band will perform iconic hits and cult classics from Bowie’s…

Sun 13 Mar 2022

Hall

£35–£49.50 / 020 7638 8891

Barbican Hall

£38.50–£54.45 / 020 7638 8891

Troubling the Image (15*)

This programme assembles examples of handmade films where photographed footage – mainly found footage – is overpainted, scratched or scraped by the artist.

Thu 15 Jul

Cinema 1

£12 / 020 7638 8891

Fri 23 Apr

Cancelled / 020 7638 8891

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus 2020-21 Season.

Wang/Capuçon/Ottensamer Trio

The music of friends – Yuja Wang joins regular collaborators Gautier Capuçon and Andreas Ottensamer for a chamber concert with a dazzling difference.

Wed 12 May

Hall

Prices to be confirmed / 020 7638 8891

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