Sir Simon Rattle recently lobbied for a ‘proper’ concert venue to be built in London
Conductor Sir Simon Rattle is to join the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), it has been confirmed.
Sir Simon said it was “a very obvious step – the idea of coming home and having a position in this fantastic city”.
He is currently director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, where he has been since 2002 and has three years left on his contract.
He will take up the position at the LSO from September 2017.
Speaking at the LSO’s Barbican home, Sir Simon said: “I said to the orchestra this is my last job.
“At the moment this is a normal five year term with a rolling possibility. We will look on each other as a family and will see where it goes.
“It is on all our minds that it is a long term thing.”
The orchestra is regarded as one of the UK’s flagship orchestras and its principal conductor is one of the most high-profile roles in classical music.
Its current principal conductor, Valery Gergiev, is to stand down at the end of 2015.
‘Proper’ London venues
Sir Simon, 60, made headlines last month when he told the BBC London’s concert halls were not up to international standards.
Speaking ahead of a sold-out London residency with the Berlin Philharmonic at the Barbican, the revered conductor said he would consider a London move if there was a “proper” venue.
“You have no idea how great the London Symphony Orchestra can sound in a great concert hall,” he told BBC arts editor Will Gompertz.
The following week, UK Chancellor George Osborne ordered an official feasibility study …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment