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The Barbican Announces Spring and Summer Reopening Programme

The Barbican is preparing to reopen in May and has announced the programme for spring and summer 2021 including a new concert series.

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Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason - Live from the Barbican photo
Isata and Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Photo: Live from the Barbican concert series/Mark Allan

The Barbican is preparing to reopen its Art Gallery, Cinemas, Shop and Cafes, and welcome back live audiences in the Hall, in the week of 17 May 2021; followed by the Conservatory in late May; and The Curve and The Pit on 17 June.

Includes new Live from the Barbican concert series

The Barbican’s programme for the spring and summer features a new Live from the Barbican concert series. This includes 15 livestreamed concerts in the Hall, between 10 April and 18 July 2021, with a digital audience alongside a socially-distanced live audience when permitted.

Highlights include:

Pianist Benjamin Grosvenor with a programme including works by Chopin, Ravel, Liszt and Ginastera on Saturday 10 April.

Barbican Resident Orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Sir Simon Rattle perform Mahler’s song symphony Das Lied von der Erde with mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and tenor Andrew Staples on Sunday 9 May.

Barbican Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and its Creative Artist in Association Jules Buckley and guest artists will be joined by singer-songwriter Paul Weller for an orchestral concert reimagining Weller’s work, including new material, on Saturday 15 May.

Errollyn Wallen’s new opera Dido’s Ghost receives its World Premiere on Sunday 6 June.

Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès present the UK Premiere of Adès’s Shanty to mark the composer’s 50th birthday on Thursday 10 June.

Barbican Associate Ensemble Academy of Ancient Music and Music Director Richard Egarr perform Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with baroque violinist Rachel Podger on Sunday 27 June.

A duo recital from Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason featuring music by Bridge, Britten and Rachmaninov on Sunday 4 July.

“We’re delighted to finally welcome everyone back to the Barbican”

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said: “We’re delighted to finally welcome everyone back to the Barbican to experience the joy of culture and creativity again. When we reopened last year, 96% of our visitors felt safe in the Centre, and we look forward to creating the same level of welcome to ensure another safe return for our audiences, artists and staff.

“Our reopening programme for the spring and summer is packed with great concerts, inspiring exhibitions, thrilling theatre performances, and thought-provoking film screenings. We’ll also continue running our innovative learning programmes and community work, designed to connect young people, children and local communities with their creativity and provide a supportive, nurturing environment for them to express themselves.”

For further information on The Barbican’s reopening and the new spring and summer 2021 programme click here.

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