ORCHESTRA NEWS: Rattle to London Symphony

By Robert D. Thomas
Music Critic
Los Angeles Newspaper Group

Scratch one major orchestra off of the leader search list. Sir Simon Rattle has been appointed music director of the London Symphony Orchestra, effective Sept. 2017, the year before he will step down from a similar position with the Berlin Philharmonic. Read the LSO media release HERE.

Note that Rattle’s title is music director, not principal conductor as has been the case with previous LSO musical leaders, including the incumbent, Valery Gergiev. The releases states, “As Music Director [Rattle] will be involved in every aspect of the LSO’s work as well as championing the importance of music and music education.” Michael Cooper in the New York Times (LINK) says that Claudio Abbado held the music director title from 1984-87.

Lisa Hirsch, in her Blog “Iron Tongue of Midnight,” has a list of orchestras looking for new musical leadership HERE, a group that includes another of Rattle’s former ensembles, the City of Birmingham (England, not Alabama) Symphony Orchestra but doesn’t list the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra nor the Long Beach Symphony.

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