Haydn The Creation + live stream & pre-concert performances


Barbican 40th anniversary NB Change of conductor

Thu 3 Mar 2022 8.00pm - 9.50pm
Barbican Hall, London

Haydn The Creation (sung in English)

NB no interval

Harry Christophers conductor
Lucy Crowe soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
Roderick Williams baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

Tickets: £60 £48 £35 £24 £18

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Live broadcast

This concert will be broadcast live on Mezzo Live HD (available to TV channel subscribers in 60 countries)


Part of the Barbican’s 40th Anniversary

Please note that finish times are approximate and subject to change.

‘Let there be light! The LSO toasts the Barbican’s 40th birthday with Haydn’s Creation – music that always sounds young – plus a series of pre-concert performances on the Barbican foyers showcasing a new generation of performers and creators.

Out of chaos comes wonder; from darkness, light. Haydn’s oratorio The Creation is more than just a gloriously tuneful retelling of the Book of Genesis. Inspired by Haydn’s visits to London and the optimism of the Enlightenment, it’s a celebration of the act of creativity itself, overflowing with majesty, humour and the sheer, irrepressible joy of life.

What better way to mark the 40th anniversary of our home, the Barbican, than with the full London Symphony Chorus, an unsurpassable team of soloists, and music that – 224 years after its premiere in Vienna – sounds as fresh as the day it was first imagined.

> More about the LSO's 40 years at the Barbican

Please note that for this performance the Chorus will be positioned in the stalls, in front of the stage.

Change of conductor
Sir Simon Rattle had a minor surgical procedure earlier this month which regrettably has not healed as quickly as expected. To allow proper time for recovery he has agreed with his doctors to cancel his conducting engagements with the LSO of Haydn’s Creation on Thursday 3 and Sunday 6 March. The London Symphony Orchestra is delighted to announce that Harry Christophers has agreed to step in to conduct the concerts. We all wish Sir Simon a speedy recuperation.
Posted Mon 28 Feb 2pm

From 6.30pm, Barbican Foyers

Join us before the concert for a series of free live performances on the foyers around the Centre, in celebration of the shared creativity of the last 40 years, and far into the future.

Featuring fanfares by Cassie Kinoshi, written specially to celebrate the anniversary; the LSO Percussion Ensemble with Ayanna Witter-Johnson; the young musicians of the LSO East London Academy and Classical Meets Jazz; performances by LSO Create, a group for adults with learning disabilities, their supporters and carers; and the voices of the LSO Community Choir. View our digital guide for full details of times and locations of performances.

Your Visit

We encourage audience members to bring and wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. Click here for the latest infomation on the measures that are being taken for the safety and comfort of visitors to the Barbican Centre.

Distanced Seating

Standard seating is being used in most of the Hall for this concert. Audience members who would prefer to sit in a socially distanced environment can choose to book seats at the rear of the Balcony (subject to availabilty).

Available seats will be spaced 1 metre apart, and are indicated by an information flag when making your selection during the booking process. Those booking two or more adjacent seats are welcome to move together to sit as one group on the evening of the concert. All audience members are encouraged to wear a face covering unless exempt.

Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.

Concert Programme

Find out more about the music and performers in the concert programme. You can pick up a free printed programme before the concert, or download the programme here.

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The Barbican Centre is fully accessible. Please visit this page for full details or contact us at [email protected] at any point ahead of your visit to let us know how we can support you.


This concert will be broadcast live on Mezzo Live HD, a subscription TV channel available in 60 countries. The concert will also be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3.

Complimentary Drinks

All ticket holders for our concert are invited to celebrate the Barbican’s 40th Anniversary with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. We are delighted to be working with Barbican Bars to offer this as a small gesture of appreciation for the support of our audience over the years. We very much look forward to toasting this special moment in the Orchestra’s and the Barbican’s history with you!

Please visit the Circle bar and dedicated pop-up bar on the Ground Floor, or the Theatre Bar and Stalls bar on Level Minus 1 before the concert and show your concert ticket to receive your complimentary glass of sparkling wine, or non-alcoholic alternative.


  • Available pre-concert only, from 6.30pm
  • Drinks are not allowed in the concert hall, so please arrive in good time to enjoy your drink
  • Offer is limited to 1 drink per ticket holder only
  • Non-alcoholic alternatives will only be available from the Stalls bar or Circle bar
  • Sparkling wine available to over 18s only