Rattle sounds out new concert hall
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.
Sir Simon Rattle prepares to unveil his opening season with the The London Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday