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”.
As Artist-in-Association with the Barbican Centre and the Guildhall School, alongside his music directorship of the LSO, Rattle will become involved in exploring cross-arts collaborations and special projects across the LSO, Barbican, and the Guildhall School.
Sir Nicholas Kenyon said “It is a natural extension of all Sir Simon’s aspirations for his relationship with the LSO that this should include the creative organisations who are at the heart of the City of London’s developing cultural hub. We look forward to creating some memorable events with him in the years ahead as we bring the power of music and the arts to new audiences”.
Professor Barry Ife, Principal, Guildhall School said, “We are very excited to have someone of Sir Simon’s stature involved with inspiring our students and working with us to develop groundbreaking new courses. It’s the latest marker of our unique and growing partnership with the LSO and Barbican, which has brought many invaluable opportunities to Guildhall students and will continue to do so.”
Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director of the LSO, said “We are delighted that Sir Simon’s role with the LSO will extend to include major collaborations with our partners in the Guildhall School and the Barbican Centre, building on recent initiatives. As the concept of a cultural hub in the City of London develops, it is important that we are working together to realise extraordinary projects that develop future generations of musicians and music-lovers.”
On 5 July the London Symphony Orchestra is celebrating 25 years of LSO Discovery, its music education and community programme, by bringing together the Orchestra, Music Director designate Sir Simon Rattle, 25 students from the Guildhall School and 220 amateur singers aged 7–70 from the LSO Community Choir and LSO Discovery Choirs for children. They will perform the UK premiere of a new children’s opera by Jonathan Dove, The Monster in the Maze part of a co-commission by the LSO, the Berlin Philharmonic and the Aix-en-Provence Festival with performances in London, Berlin and Aix. In the same programme nearly 60 Guildhall School musicians – many of whom are studying on the Orchestral Artistry postgraduate course run in association with the LSO - will play side-by-side with LSO members under the baton of Sir Rattle on a performance of Walton's First Symphony.
On 2 July Sir Simon Rattle will conduct the LSO for the first time since he was announced as the orchestra’s Music Director from September 2017 in March this year. The programme will feature the Brahms Piano Concerto No 1 with soloist Krystian Zimerman, and three works by Dvořák: The Wild Dove, Slavonic Dance No 4 and The Golden Spinning Wheel.