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Pianist performing under a spotlight

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

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.