Sir Simon Rattle to be Artist-in-Association with the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama

Today it is announced that Sir Simon Rattle will take on the role of Artist-in-Association with the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This announcement coincides with Sir Simon’s appearances with the LSO at the Barbican Centre this week, which further highlight his commitment and involvement with young people’s music-making, and this new role will be undertaken alongside his appointment as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra from the 2017/18 season. 
The appointment drives forward his desire to bring performance, orchestral practice, artistic creation, learning and discovery together in a single vision for the future. 
Sir Simon Rattle said “This is a once-in a lifetime opportunity to join up every element of our work. I am thrilled to become involved with this pioneering collaboration between a world-class orchestra, arts centre and conservatoire at the heart of one of the world’s great cultural cities. It gives us the chance to develop a unique offer of inspiring music for a new generation”. Click here for the full press release.
Sir Simon conducts two contrasting programmes this week with the London Symphony Orchestra. The first showcases Brahms’s Piano Concerto no.1 (with Krystian Zimmerman) alongside Dvořák’s tone poems The Wild Dove and The Golden Spinning Wheel. The second programme is the UK premiere of Jonathan Dove’s children’s opera, The Monster in the Maze and Walton’s Symphony no. 1- the perfect end to the LSO’s 14/15 season.
The children’s opera will involve the LSO Discovery Choirs, LSO Community Choir and the Guildhall Symphony Orchestra, which mixes professional and student singers and players to tell the story of the rescue from the Labyrinth by Theseus.  During the performance of Walton’s Symphony no. 1, students from the Guildhall School will play side-by-side in the orchestra with LSO musicians which will be valuable experience for their future careers.
The LSO and Sir Simon will then tour the same programmes to the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, with performances on the 8th and 9th July 2015.
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