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2017-18 Classical Music season

Opening in September 2017, the Barbican Centre’s new classical music season brings together the Centre’s Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, complemented by the Barbican Associate Ensembles: the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia.

Barbican International Associates, the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra also return to the Centre along with conductors Gustavo Dudamel, Mariss Jansons, Riccardo Chailly and Herbert Blomstedt.

To mark his inaugural season as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra and Artist-in-Association with the Barbican and Guildhall School, the Barbican and the LSO present a ten day celebration This is Rattle from 14-24 September. Conducted by Sir Simon, the programme will be dedicated to British music and features works by Thomas Adès, Sir Harrison Birtwistle, Oliver Knussen and many others.

2018 marks the centenary of Leonard Bernstein, the American composer and conductor. In the first half of the season, the LSO celebrates the centenary before A Bernstein Anniversary Weekend  in early 2018, showcasing the artist’s work through concerts, films and conversations.

Another highlight of the 17-18 season includes a celebration of Finland, marking the 100th anniversary of the country’s independence with a full Sibelius symphony cycle from the BBC SO as Finnish Chief Conductor Sakari Oramo leads the orchestra.

As part of Barbican Presents, American pianist Jeremy Denk will be the 2017-2018 Milton Court Artist in Residence, showcasing his extraordinary artistry in a series of concerts that begins on 12 October with Mozart’s piano music, before celebrating the infinite variety of the variation form with Infinite Variations, a three-part day of music.

This season the Barbican also showcases emerging young talent from the ECHO (European Concert Hall Organisation) in a rising stars series in the UK at LSO St Luke’s. Each artist’s performance features a short new work, commissioned by ECHO from a range of international composers.


Read the full 17-18 classical music season press release in our newsroom.

The season opens in September 2017. The detailed listings can be seen here: