The Barbican has announced today that it is cancelling all concerts currently on sale from September to mid December. This affects two Britten Sinfonia events currently on sale, Sir Mark Elder’s concert with the orchestra on Saturday 7 November and Eight Seasons on Thursday 3 December. In place of the Barbican’s planned autumn season, a series of new concerts will be announced shortly, which Britten Sinfonia will be part of. These will be live-streamed and available on a pay per view basis. It is also hoped that government regulations will allow for limited live audiences to be admitted to the auditorium once this is safe and permitted.
Ticket holders for the cancelled events will be contacted by the Barbican box office in the next few weeks. Everyone who has booked a ticket is eligible for a full refund or ticket credit and will also be given a chance to donate the ticket price.
Although we are disappointed not to be able to present the planned events, we are working hard with the Barbican, our artists, musicians and other partners both to create opportunities for the orchestra to perform in the next few months and to reschedule as many events as possible once it is safe to do so. As well as being part of the Barbican’s live-streamed autumn season, Britten Sinfonia is delighted to be performing with Anoushka Shankar during the live fortnight of BBC Proms concerts in early September and we will be announcing the date of our event there very soon. Other announcements will follow as soon as we are able to confirm events and details.
The full Barbican press release can be viewed on their website here.