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The BBC Symphony Orchestra are one of the finest orchestras in the UK, and every summer delight us with marvellous music at The Proms. But just because it is winter, does not mean that the same level of mastery cannot be enjoyed. All it involves is a switch of venue. Leave behind the dampness of the park, and get settled for cosy evenings in the comfort of the Barbican Centre, where the BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing from now until 10th June (just in time for the next Proms). Tickets to these events cost £10-£32, but if you buy for multiple shows, then you might be entitled to a discount.

The next show will be on the 8th January at 6pm by the BBC Singers. Conducted by Paul Brough, the choir will sing songs by Schumann, Brahms, Herzogenberg. This will be immediately followed by Beethoven's Third Symphony, conducted by Sakari Oramo, and accompanied by horn players. Later on in the season, you will also be able to attend Beethoven's Fourth, Seventh and Eighth Symphony. Other composers scheduled include Shostakovich, Elgar, Mozart, and Messiaen.

Within the season, there will be a BBC SO Total Immersion series that focusses on the Scottish composer, Thea Musgrave. She will be there in person to give talks, while the orchestra perform some of her best works, including The Seasons, Horn Concerto, Songs for a Winters Evening, Turbulent Landscapes, Pierrot, From Spring to Spring, and more.

You can also immerse yourself in the works of Parisian composer, Villa-Lobos. It will feature the first performance of Chôros 10, which utilises brass and wind instruments for bird calls and monkey chatter.
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Why? Fun for music lovers
When: Until 10th June
Phone: 020 7638 8891
Where: Barbican Centre
Cost: £10-£32
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