News from around the Barbican

Seen and Heard at the Guildhall Art Gallery

Seen & Heard, an exhibition at the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Art Gallery is open until April 28th and features 50 Victorian paintings exploring the changing role of children in Victorian Britain. The Music Lesson, Lord Frederic Leighton, 1877. One of the paintings in the exhibition. With paintings from the Guildhall Art Gallery’s own collection and important pieces loaned by Tate Britain and the Royal Academy on display, the exhibition will include works by artists such as Pre-Raphaelite pioneer, John Everett Millais, and Thomas Webster RA, which cast the era in a new … [Read more...]

The Charterhouse Great Chamber project

The Charterhouse wins National Lottery Funding for major Great Chamber project Great Chamber The Charterhouse, the seven-acre historic site on the border of the City of London, is delighted to announce its success in being awarded National Lottery funding of £391,100 to renovate its unique Great Chamber, the last surviving Tudor Great Chamber in London. Additional funding from The Wolfson Foundation, the Linbury Trust, and the Schroder Foundation will also support this major project. Made possible with money raised by National Lottery Players and supported through the Heritage … [Read more...]


Lorne Christie is a local artist and sign writer in Barbican. His initial studies were in Industrial Design, technology and 3D modelling. After 20 years of creating promotional videos and animated graphics, he has returned to the family brushes and embraced his roots of traditional craft and sign writing.  The collaboration with Lorne is a celebration of Cult Films. Each letter has been chosen from a shortlist of about 100 (20th Century) Cult Classic Films. The hand painted letters are drawn from the original film posters in their original unique fonts. The first person who can … [Read more...]

Art workshops at the Charterhouse

Charcoal interiors with light 28th January 2019 | 10:00am - 3:00pm Spend a day creating a rich charcoal study of the historic Charterhouse interiors. Learn how to express light and space through charcoal and mark-making while exclusively exploring the varied architecture from across six centuries. Suitable for all levels of experience and ability. Tutor: Lucy Brennan-Shiel Cost: £50.00 / Friends £45.00 Book your place here Tracing histories 18th February 2019 | 10:00am - 3:00pm Tracing time - tracing communities - tracing now. From brick-laid inscriptions honouring a … [Read more...]

Sunday afternoons with the London Handel Players at the Charterhouse

London Handel Players at the Charterhouse A new programme of chamber music concerts in the glorious Great Chamber. The Charterhouse, the ancient historic site and almshouse in Clerkenwell, is delighted to be hosting a series of Sunday afternoon concerts by the acclaimed London Handel Players in the grand atmosphere of its glorious Tudor Great Chamber.  The four one-hour concerts will explore the rich repertoire of baroque music, and each contrasts Handel with one of his great contemporaries.  Each concert will be repeated twice at 2.30-3.30pm and 4.00-5.00pm on: Sunday … [Read more...]

GSMD Principal’s Australian Award

Principal of Guildhall School of Music & Drama Lynne Williams has been awarded Member (AM) of the Order of Australia for significant service to the performing arts. The Order of Australia is the pre-eminent means by which Australia recognizes the outstanding and meritorious service of its citizens. The award will be announced in the Australia Day 2019 Honours List on 26th January 2019. Lynne Williams said: ‘I’m both appreciative and humbled by this recognition. A successful career in the arts is never a solo achievement. In accepting this AM, I’d like to pay tribute to all the … [Read more...]

Centre for Music Update

The Barbican, London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama have released the first concept designs for their project to create a world class Centre for Music in London, as part of a progress update on their plans for the proposed new building. This update follows the recent news that the City of London Corporation has backed the next phase of work by providing £2.49 million for the three partners to undertake further design development, and to progress fundraising, business modelling and capital funding plans. The Centre for Music would be a world-class venue for … [Read more...]

Barbican Music Library hosts exhibition by Making Music 16 Jan – 23 March

Celebrating leisure-time music in the UK, this exhibition features quotes, posters and film from Making Music member groups and a specially commissioned series of portraits of leisure-time musicians. In communities all across the UK, friends, neighbours and colleagues meet up regularly to make music. From jazz to folk, pop to classical, barbershop to brass, thousands of groups gather together in halls, houses, garages, churches, fields and theatres for the joy of creating and performing with others. Making Music Together celebrates the scale and breadth of this leisure-time music scene, … [Read more...]

New glass globe welcomes you to the Charterhouse

As you may know, as a local, The Charterhouse opened its garden square and a new museum early in 2017. A reminder of the fascinating history of the place... set in the heart of Clerkenwell, the Charterhouse has been living the Nation's history since 1348. Initially a Black Death burial ground, the site became home to the largest Carthusian monastery in the world until it was brutally dissolved in 1537 when 16 monks became proto-martyrs of the Reformation. A grand Tudor mansion replaced the monastery. Elizabeth I spent the first days of her reign at the Charterhouse and James I (of … [Read more...]

The Borough Market Cookbook

‘When spring arrives, a new palette presents itself along with a burst of energy and optimism.’ – Ed Smith, The Borough Market Cookbook Learn what to cook and eat this spring with The Borough Market Cookbook – the first ever official book from Borough Market. It offers over 100 delicious seasonal recipes, including 30 that are inspired by the spring season. The dishes show why market shopping – whether at Borough or any of our other wonderful British markets – is the most enjoyable way to bring the best food and ingredients to your own table. The book is written by award-winning food … [Read more...]