The Barbican today announced that a newly curated edition of Live from the Barbican will return to the Centre early next year. This will replace the originally planned and announced concert season in spring 2021.

The ongoing situation with COVID-19 and the current Government guidelines mean that most of the concerts in the Barbican Hall originally programmed for the period between 1 January and 2 April 2021 will be cancelled or rescheduled. This applies to all Barbican own-promotion as well as partner and external promoter concerts, except those of the London Symphony Orchestra, whose spring schedule will be communicated in the coming weeks.

However, the hugely successful new concert series Live from the Barbican, which this autumn and Christmas included performances by the Kanneh-Mason Family, The Divine Comedy, Dame Sarah Connolly, Shabaka Hutchings, Sir Bryn Terfel, Britten Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Academy of Ancient Music, will return in spring 2021. Line-up and programming details to be announced in December.

As with the first edition in autumn 2020, all concerts as part of Live from the Barbican in 2021 will be streamed live from the Barbican Hall on a pay-per-view basis, and bring back reduced live audiences in the Barbican Hall, subject to Government guidelines at the time.

The new livestreamed and other spring concert programmes will include the Centre’s resident and associate orchestras and ensembles as well as a hand-picked line-up of artists, featuring an eclectic mix of musicians across different genres, all reflecting the wide spectrum of the Barbican’s distinct music offer.

Everyone who has booked a ticket for any of the cancelled concerts between 1 January and 2 April 2021 is eligible for a full refund or ticket credit and will also be able to convert their ticket to a donation.

The Barbican believes in creating space for people and ideas to connect through its international arts programme, community events and learning activity. To keep its programme accessible to everyone, and to keep investing in the artists it works with, the Barbican needs to raise more than 60% of its income through ticket sales, commercial activities and fundraising every year. Donations can be made here:

Still coming up – Live from the Barbican in 2020

Concerts on Demand

A number of concerts from the Barbican’s autumn concert series Live from the Barbican has just been made available On Demand until England’s lockdown is lifted. Tickets are £12.50 for new bookers and half price for those who booked tickets to watch the concerts originally. Discounted tickets at £5 are available to 14 – 25-year-olds through the Young Barbican scheme. Once tickets are bought, audiences have 48 hours to watch the concert. Please visit the event pages to find information on how to book tickets.

Concerts in December  

The Cosmos with Professor Brian Cox & BBC SO: Live from the Barbican

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Dalia Stasevska, Professor Brian Cox

Sun 13 December 2020, livestreamed from the Barbican Hall, 8pm

Tickets £12.50 (streamed), £20 (live)

A Choral Christmas: Live from the Barbican

Jess Gillam, Katie Melua, Bob Chilcott, BBC Singers and Members of BBC Concert Orchestra

Tue 15 December 2020, livestreamed from Barbican Hall, 7pm

Tickets £12.50 (streamed), £20 – £40 (live)

Handel’s Messiah: Live from the Barbican

Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr, Rowan Pierce, Iestyn Davies 

Sat 19 December 2020, livestreamed from Barbican Hall, 7pm

Tickets £12.50 (streamed), £20 – £40 (live)
(Please note this performance was originally scheduled to take place on 18 December)

A Dickensian Christmas: Live from the Barbican

Kevin Whately, Hilary Davan Wetton, London Concert Brass

Tue 22 December 2020, livestreamed from Barbican Hall, 7pm

Tickets £12.50 (streamed), £20 – £30 (live)