Barbican announces the return of live audiences to the Hall

13 April 2021
By Ellie Palmer
London's Barbican has announced that in-person tickets for concerts scheduled after 17 May 2021 will go on sale to Barbican patrons on Wednesday 21 April, Barbican members on Thursday 22 April and will be on general sale from Friday 23 April 2021.

The spring/summer concerts of the acclaimed Live from the Barbican series will take place as livestreams until 17 May and then continue to be accessible online for a global livestream audience, as well as for a reduced, socially distanced live audience in the Barbican Hall.

Tickets are £20 – 40 for live audiences in the Barbican Hall, and £12.50 to access the livestreams. Once livestream tickets are bought ahead of the concert, audiences have an additional 48 hours to re-watch the concert after the event. Discounted tickets at £5 and £10 are available to 14 – 25-year-olds through Young Barbican and over 1000 free stream passes are being offered to schools and community groups in London, as well as schools further afield in Manchester, Harlow and Norfolk, through Barbican Creative Learning.

In line with Government guidance, safety measures will be in place, including operating at a reduced, 50% capacity in the Hall, one-way systems to ensure a safe and socially distanced flow of visitors through the space and sanitiser stations. Visitors are required to wear face coverings, unless exempt, and tickets need to be booked online at in advance of a visit.

Information about all safety measures that are in place when visiting the Barbican Centre can be found here.

Pianists set to feature at the Barbican in spring/summer 2021 include: 

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  • Barbican Associate Ensemble Britten Sinfonia and Thomas Adès present the UK Premiere of Adès’s Shanty – Over the Sea to mark the composer’s 50th birthday (Thu 10 Jun)

  • A duo recital from Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason featuring music by Bridge, Britten and Rachmaninov (Sun 4 Jul)

  • The London Symphony Orchestra will present a series of shorter concerts without intervals to socially distanced audiences between 18 May and 13 June 2021 in the Barbican Hall. The concerts feature conductors Sir Simon Rattle and Michael Tilson Thomas, pianist Yuja Wang and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Wang appears on the cover of issue 105 of Pianist.


Full details can be found here.

Main image: ©Barbican Hall