The Barbican announces reopening and new programme for the spring and summer 2021

10 March 2021
By Ellie Palmer
In line with the latest government guidance, 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

London's Barbican has announced its reopening dates as well as its new programme for the spring and summer 2021.

A new Live from the Barbican concert series will take place, which will include 15 live-streamed concerts in the Hall with a digital audience alongside a socially-distanced live audience when permitted.

The line-up includes:

  • Benjamin Grosvenor with a vibrant programme including works by Chopin, Ravel, Liszt and Ginastera (Sat 10 Apr). Grosvenor appeared on the cover of issue 63 of Pianist.

  • A duo recital from Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason featuring music by Bridge, Britten and Rachmaninov (Sun 4 Jul). Isata appeared on the cover of issue 110 of Pianist.

  • Barbican Associate Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra, and its Creative Artist in Association Jules Buckley and guest artists will be joined by legendary singer-songwriter Paul Weller for a concert reimagining Weller’s work, including new material, in stunning orchestral settings in what will be Weller’s first live performance in two years (Sat 15 May).

  • Errollyn Wallen’s new opera Dido's Ghost – framing Purcell’s original opera Dido and Aeneas within a haunting story from Ovid, with libretto by Wesley Stace – receives its World Premiere performance as part of Live from the Barbican this summer (Sun 6 June).


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."

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All concerts as part of Live from the Barbican in summer 2021 will be streamed live from the Barbican Hall on a pay-per-view basis, with live audiences in the Hall from Mon 17 May, if permitted by official government guidance.

You can find the full line-up of events here.  

Main image: ©Barbican Hall