Sir Simon Rattle announces an extension of his contract as Music Director until 2023 and accepts lifetime position of Conductor Emeritus thereafter

Sir Simon Rattle conducts at LSO St Luke's © Mark Allen

Sir Simon Rattle has announced that he will extend his current agreement with the London Symphony Orchestra as Music Director until 2023.

In view of the special relationship the Orchestra has with Sir Simon, and following his appointment as Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich from 2023, he will take up a lifetime role as Conductor Emeritus from 2023 onwards, following in the footsteps of André Previn.

David Alberman, Chair, and Kathryn McDowell, Managing Director, London Symphony Orchestra said:

‘Sir Simon will be taking forward a number of significant projects with us over the coming years, working from our home base at the Barbican. These include a cycle of Janáček operas, a number of ambitious new commissions and his continued work with young people on our East London music education programmes. We want to thank Sir Simon for his immense and continuing contribution to the London Symphony Orchestra. Simon’s willingness to roll up his sleeves and champion the causes of classical music and music education in the UK continues to be hugely important both for us and also for future generations in the UK.’

Sir Simon Rattle said:

‘I am delighted that I will continue in my role as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra for another three years, extending my contract until 2023, and that I will be able to remain closely associated with the Orchestra into the future. My reasons for accepting the role of Principal Conductor in Munich are entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way. I love the London Symphony Orchestra. I remain committed to the LSO, and we have plans for major projects in the coming years. I am thrilled that we will be making music together far into the future.’


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