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Barbican Music Library

Barbican Music Library Free Exhibition

Mark Allan has spent over 30 years in music and entertainment photography, working with major artists such as Bowie and Tina Turner. This diverse exhibition showcases some of Allan's most striking prints from across the years. He went from photographing Freddie Mercury at Live Aid as a student in the audience, to shooting U2 backstage for the Radio Times Live 8 cover. The exhibition features one section specifically dedicated to some of the World’s most famous conductors, including Bernard Haitink and Simon Rattle. Mark is also a regular photographer in his role shooting classical music for Barbican Centre.

4 April – 29 June: It’s NOT only Rock ‘n’ Roll - the music photography of Mark Allan

Visit us for:

  • DVDs and the largest selection of CDs in any London public library
  • Scores, music books and magazines
  • Listening booths
  • Friendly, expert staff

Piano hire

We have two electronic pianos available for customers to use, free of charge and we provide headphones in exchange for ID.

Pianos can be booked for up to one hour per day, either on the day or one day in advance. Any un-booked sessions will be available on a first come, first served basis to all users. Sessions may be forfeited if you are more than 10 minutes late.

Vocal scores and orchestral sets for hire

We can borrow orchestral sets and vocal scores on behalf of orchestras and choirs based in the City of London. To be eligible to borrow sets, your regular rehearsal venue must be within the City of London.

The following information must be provided when placing orders:

  • Name of your group
  • Composer, title and edition (where known) of the piece
  • Number of copies required
  • Date they are needed by (one month to six weeks notice required)
  • Date of your performance

Charges are per copy/set per day:

  • Vocal scores: £1 per loan and 22p overdue fines
  • Orchestral sets: £35 per loan per set and £1 overdue fines

Email the Barbican Music Library Team for all enquiries/bookings.

Unsigned London

Promotes music by artists without a record deal who are based in the London area by stocking their CDs in the library. We accept music of all genres and it is a great and easy way of promoting your music and attracting new fans as the public can borrow the CDs for free.

If you are a musician or in a band and you would like to donate a CD of your music to the library, drop by or email the Barbican Music Library Team

Gilbert and Sullivan Society Library

Barbican Music Library houses the Library of the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. For a list of books available in the collection, and for further information, please visit the Gilbert and Sullivan Society website and use the link "Library List" on that page. Please call or email in advance of your visit if you wish to consult an item in from the Gilbert and Sullivan Society Library, and please note these books are for reference only.

What's happening
It's NOT Only Rock 'n' Roll
04 Apr 2019 - 29 Jun 2019
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

An exhibition showcasing photographer Mark Allans striking prints of artists such as David Bowie, Britney Spears and Tina Turner.

Find out more about It's NOT Only Rock 'n' Roll
Ramona Galardi - Identity and Other Journeys
04 Jun 2019 - 26 Jun 2019
00:00 - 23:59
Barbican Library

Artist and therapist Ramona Galardi takes us into her world, exploring identity, the masks we wear, our environment and journeys into wellbeing

Find out more about Ramona Galardi - Identity and Other Journeys
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