Opened in 1982, the Barbican Centre is a collection of multi-purpose performing arts venues, housed within an imposingly designed network of brutalist buildings. Recent years have seen the Barbican become one of London’s most important cultural cornerstones, with events like the Rain Room and spring 2015 blockbuster Magnificent Obsessions generating huge interest in London and beyond. Home to the London Symphony Orchestra since it opened, the Barbican also became the London base of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013, adding further weight to its reputation as the city’s go-to destination for both highbrow and popular arts. Read on to find out what’s happening at the Barbican right now.
For a full list of events happening at the Barbican, check out the venue page.
The Barbican's greatest hits
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Twelve things you didn't know about the Barbican
It’s played host to some fascinating exhibitions, but the warren-like venue is intriguing in itself
What's on at the Barbican
Whale Watching Tour
Artists from the Icelandic record label perform their individual material. Those appearing include Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurosson and Sam Amidon.
Purcell The Fairy Queen
The Academy ensemble performs a semi=staged performance of Purcell's fantastical music-drama The Fairy Queen.,
Undergraduate students from the School's strings faculty present a musical showcase.
MacMillan Choral Music: Stabat Mater: James MacMillan, Tallis, Vaughan Williams
Harry Christophers conducts The Sixteen and Britten Sinfonia in James Macmillan's Miserere and Stabat Mater, Tallis's Why Fum'th In Fight and Vaughan...
London Symphony Orchestra / Sir John Eliot Gardiner: Mendelossohn
Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto and Symphony No 2, 'Lobgesang', with Alina Ibragimova, violin and Lucy Crowe, soprano.
Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project
Semyon Bychkov conducts the BBC Symphony Orchestra in Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 2 and Manfred Symphony, with Kirill Gerstein, piano.
Crouch End Festival Chorus: Swan Song: Gibbons, Strauss, Brahms
David Temple conducts Gibbons's The Silver Swan, Strauss's Four Last Songs and Brahms's Ein Deutsches Requiem, with Erica Eloff, soprano and Benjamin Appl's...
Rough Trade 40
The concert celebrates the 40th anniversary of the shop's opening with performances by John Grant & Wrangler (feat Stephen Mallinder), Scritti Politti &...
The artist, at the forefront of Musica Popular Brasileira, performs from her new album Guela with her live band, conjuring the streets of her Sao Paulo...
Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project: Tchaikovsky, Taneyev
Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings, Piano Concerto No 3 (1st Movement) and Francesca Da Rimini and Taneyev's Overture To Oresteia,...
Alumni Recital Series: Guitar Spectacular
Guildhall School alumni guitarists perform music spanning Baroque to contemporary compositions.
Balkan Blaze: Vladigerov, Kiril Todorov, Vittorio Monti, Krasimir Kyurkchiyski, Philip Koutev, Georgi Andreev
Rossen Milanov conducts Vladigerov's Sarabande; Northern Song And March From Classic & Romantic, Kiril Todorov's Koledarska, Byalo Rade and Prayer, Vittorio...
Eating and drinking at the Barbican
Nestled in the heart of the city with stunning views over the lakeside, relax in the Barbican Lounge. Our seasonal tapas style menu will tempt you with truffle and Osso Buco gnocchi, with curly kale and wild mushroom cream, or slow cooked shoulder of lamb tagine with fresh herb cous cous. All accomponied by an extensive wine and cocktail list.