Rattle unveils first LSO season

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British composers will occupy the first ten days of Sir Simon Rattle’s tenure as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra when he takes over in September.

Composers in the inaugural celebration will include Thomas Ades, Harrison Birtwistle and Oliver Knussen, and rising star, 36-year-old Helen Grime, with a specially commissioned piece.

“The London Symphony Orchestra, over a century, has an extraordinary heritage and history” Rattle said. “At its core is an orchestra that is always looking forwards, accepting no limitations on what it can achieve. The programme we are announcing today gives a glimmer of things to come. Together we intend to explore the great masterpieces, build our community, and inspire a new generation to join us in the belief that music is for everybody.”

There will also be dramatic innovation in the season, with Stockhausen’s rarely performed masterpiece Gruppen - scored for 120 musicians divided into three orchestras - being presented under Rattle in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall.

There will also be a celebration of the work of Leonard Bernstein ahead of the centenary of his birth in 2018.

Rattle, pictured here making the announcement at LSO St Luke’s, said the news that the Corporation of London were to fund the formulation of a business case for the creation of a new centre for music (nicknamed “Rattle Hall”) opened up infinite possibilities for the LSO and for its partners, Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Barbican Centre.

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