Thursday, 16 February 2012

Barbican new season

The Barbican's new season brochure popped through my letter box this morning and after perusing it I noticed that they have changed their pricing policy. Now, to get the multi-buy discounts you have to pick concerts from the same artists (BBC Symphony Orchestra, LSO, Academy of Ancient Music), there no longer seems to be a  Great Performers season which allowed one to pick and choose a variety of concerts and put them together into a discounted series. So that, for instance, the only way to see Les Arts Florissants is to pay full price.

Now, under the old regime we would buy tickets for 6 or 7 concerts over the year, choose a wide variety of ensembles and generate a substantial discount; kidding ourselves that we were saving money when in fact we bought more to get a greater discount. Not any more, and it leaves me thinking that one of the most attractive elements of the Barbican concert series has been lost.

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