Barbican International Associates


For the second year running The SHM Foundation has supported the Barbican’s International Associates programme. The programme brings five international partner orchestras to London to stage world-class concerts and varied learning initiatives aimed at a diverse range of audiences.

The International Associates are Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, New York Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

The programme brings the musical expertise of these world-class ensembles to masterclass sessions with local musicians, debates exploring professional development themes, and innovative learning initiatives for participants of all ages, taking “orchestras and players into the heart of east London and developing the professional musicians and composers of the future”.

Together, the activities of the programme have established the Barbican as a leader in developing relationships with the best ensembles from around the world, and defined a new model for arts residencies.


About us

The SHM Foundation works globally to bring about positive social change through projects in the areas of learning and citizenship, health and the arts.

The Foundation was set up in 2008 by Professor Maurice Biriotti and Professor Henrietta Moore, who co-founded the strategy and insight consultancy SHM Productions, based in central London, in 1996.

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