Simon Rattle takes London Symphony Orchestra post, with egalitarian aims

Posted on: August 24, 2017

“Sir Simon Rattle today said he wants to share his passion for music ‘with as many people as possible’ ahead of his homecoming concert with the London Symphony Orchestra,” writes Robert Dex in Monday’s (8/21) Evening Standard (London). “The conductor’s debut at the Barbican on September 14 will be broadcast live on Radio 3 and across Europe on classical music station Mezzo TV. The concert, a celebration of British music with a performance of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations and a new work by composer Helen Grime, marks the start of 11 days of concerts with further broadcasts.… Sir Simon, the LSO’s new music director, said … ‘My ambition is to open up the electrifying experience of music and share my passion for music-making with as many people as possible, whatever their age or whatever their background.’ The concert will be broadcast on a big screen in the Barbican’s Sculpture Court and via personal headsets there for a silent disco-style event. The programme also includes music by Sir Harrison Birtwistle and Benjamin Britten, Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring, and performances by the BBC Singers, students from the Guildhall School and young musicians from east London.”

Posted August 24, 2017

Pictured: Simon Rattle conducts the London Symphony Orchestra, 2012.