The City Corporation has confirmed that, given the current unprecedented circumstances, the ambitious plans for a Centre for Music will not be progressed.

Pianist performing under a spotlight

While this is naturally disappointing, the partners, the Barbican, Guildhall School and London Symphony Orchestra, fully understand the City’s decision as it is clearly very difficult to advance a project such as this at this time.  

The City has reaffirmed its ongoing commitment to arts and culture, and the important role it will play in the post-pandemic recovery of the City, the capital, and the UK. This confirms support for all the partners, including a further three-year grant for the LSO, a major renewal of the Barbican, and two years further funding for Culture Mile, to continue to deliver imaginative collaborations and events, animating the district and providing a new home for contemporary culture in the ancient heart of London’s working capital.