Rat­tle sounds out new con­cert hall

The Wharf - - The Week -

Con­duc­tor Sir Si­mon Rat­tle is still ag­i­tat­ing for a new venue for the London Sym­phony Orches­tra, com­plain­ing that its Bar­bican home is too small.

Un­veil­ing his first sea­son as mu­sic di­rec­tor of the LSO, the 61-year-old­cam­paign for is a step­pingnew base up in his the City say­ing that much of his wish list could not work in the orches­tra’s present home.

He said: “There are pieces that we do play in the Bar­bican that we prob­a­bly shouldn’t for health and safety rea­sons.

“The stage was beau­ti­fully de­signed for a cer­tain size of orches­tra, but not for a very large orches­tra and cer­tainly it was made without a cho­rus in mind. Any­thing you want to do which is the­atri­cal is a prob­lem.” The Cor­po­ra­tion Of London has pledged up to £2.5mil­lion to fund a de­tailed busi­ness case for plans to build a new, world class £278mil­lion Cen­tre For Mu­sic. For­mer Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne had pledged Govern­ment sup­port but that was re­versed by the new ad­min­is­tra­tion – a de­ci­sion with which Sir Si­mon agreed.

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Sir Si­mon Rat­tle pre­pares to un­veil his open­ing sea­son with the The London Sym­phony Orches­tra on Tues­day

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