The latest content and news from the Barbican. Book tickets at barbican.org.uk
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Classical Music

From world-class international orchestras and ensembles, top soloists and musicians to innovative young talents, join our Classical Music family with exclusive content from our classical programme and creative learning projects with Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

Barbican Meets: Daisy Evans

From Fairy Queen to legendary King – we speak to director Daisy Evans about her upcoming production of King Arthur.
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Barbican Meets: Helen Grime

We meet composer Helen Grime ahead of the world premiere of her work as the opening of the 2017-18 season with the LSO
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Barbican Meets: Esa-Pekka Salonen

We put the focus on Finnish composer Esa-Pekka Salonen as we celebrate 100 years of Finnish independence through music
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Guest Picks: Emma-Ruth Richards

We meet composer Emma Ruth-Richards to learn more about the music that inspires her work
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Woyzeck in Winter

We talk to director Conall Morrison about combining two masterpieces to form a piece of remarkable musical theatre
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Richard Tognetti: A new wave of surf music

Composer & enthusiastic surfer, Richard Tognetti shares his passion behind the audio-visual tribute to Australia's coast
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Barbican Meets: ECHO Rising Stars – Horacio Ferreira & Armida Quartet

We meet clarinettist Horacio Ferreira and the Armida Quartet, the first performers in our ECHO Rising Stars series
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In His Words: Tal Rosner on Tehillim

'Tehillim has always been my most cherished piece by Reich - creating a video response to it feels like a great honour'
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The Sounds that Changed America

We investigate how the work of Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams transformed the American musical landscape
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Our Highlights: Classical Music 2015–16

With our 2015–16 season coming to a close, we ask our team to share their highlights of the past year...
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Reflections on The Dark Mirror

Netia Jones shares some of the creative process behind this exhilarating live performance of Schubert's 'Winterreise'
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Barbican Radio Guest Mix #10: Steven Osborne

'I love extremes in music' - we listen in as Steven Osborne talks us through his minimalist, jazz-infused playlist
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Barbican Radio GuestMix #9 – George Benjamin

Ahead of our Composer Focus, we talk to composer George Benjamin about the works that influenced his career...
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Boiler Room: Maya Beiser at Sound Unbound

Watch cellist Maya Beiser perform in the Guildhall's Milton Court at Sound Unbound.
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Boiler Room: The Samuelsens at Sound Unbound

Norwegian string duo Mari & Hakon Samuelsen's perform in our Hall at Sound Unbound.
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Boiler Room: The Calder Quartet at Sound Unbound

Get up close and watch The Calder Quartet perform in The Pit at Sound Unbound.
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A Masterclass with Joyce DiDonato

Opera star Joyce DiDonato takes time out of her Artist Spotlight for a series of masterclasses with Guildhall School
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Boiler Room: A Winged Victory for the Sullen

Watch AWVFTS's bend the rules of contemporary classical in this powerful performance at Milton Court Concert Hall
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My Sound Unbound: Maya Beiser

' I love the fact that music allows us to go to places that are far away from the here and now, from the mundane...'
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Making Sound Unbound

'It is not a ‘complete guide to classical music’ or ‘classical for beginners’ but showcases everything the genre can be'
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Sound Unbound: All Night Long…

Ready for Overnight Meditation, Matthew Barley talks preparations and offers advice on how to make it through the night
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Barbican Radio GuestMix #3: Marcus du Sautoy

Remember your first time? Ahead of Sound Unbound, Marcus du Sautoy shares some defining classical music moments.
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In Residence: New York Philharmonic

Highflying concerts & masterclasses, premieres & puppets: the NY Phil share their highlights from their second residency
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Very Young Composers meet Future Band

How can a postcard inspire musical creation across the Atlantic? A young New York composer shares his experiences...
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How do you build an orchestra for London?

We follow the journey of creating an orchestra that would sound, look and feel like London with Sir Simon Rattle.
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Young Orchestra for London: The Performance

'The only thought racing through my mind was 'Sir Simon Rattle, here I come...'
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Young Orchestra for London: Behind the Scenes

From rehearsal room to the final performances, our Young Orchestra for London players excitedly share their experiences
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Young Orchestra for London: The Professionals

'Working with professional musicians is definitely one of the many highlights in this project'
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Meet the Barbican: Huw Humphreys

‘Every time I take the lift ride, it feels like a journey from where performances are planned to where music is made…’
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Introducing Young Orchestra for London

We meet the three young musicians who will give us access all areas to the making of an orchestra.
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A Winter Journey

We explore the history behind Schubert’s song-cycle, 'Winterreise' and its great winter wanderer.
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Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam present Bruckner

We journey to the sublime and experience the force of Bruckner’s spiritually uplifting symphonies
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Curlew River: A Church Parable

We speak to director Netia Jones about her innovative restaging of Benjamin Britten's 'Curlew River'
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A medieval church transformed

We look behind the scenes of 'Curlew River Echo' at St Giles, Cripplegate, part of our Barbican Britten celebration
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Exploring Brahms with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

Watch as forty young instrumentalists reimagine the swirling orchestral harmonies of Brahms' 'Symphony No 4'
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Welcome to Milton Court

We speak to Principal of the Guildhall School, Professor Barry Ife about their new venue, Milton Court Concert Hall.
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The Future of Music

Listen to highlights from our Future Play symposium, exploring the future of music education in young people.
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The Gospel of John Adams

We speak to composer John Adams ahead of the European premiere of 'The Gospel According to the Other Mary' with LA Phil
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Future Play Highlights

'Every child wants to be creative' - we watch some of the highlights from the Future Play symposium with Peter Sellars
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Future Play with Peter Sellars

Peter Sellars delivers an inspiring key note speech on the importance of music education at the Future Play symposium
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An Open Rehearsal with Gustavo Dudamel

What happens when you unite young musicians from London and Los Angeles and introduce them to Gustavo Dudamel?
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