Sir Simon Rattle Announced as New London Symphony Music Director

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It has been announced today that conductor Sir Simon Rattle is set to join the London Symphony Orchestra, as ther new Music Director from September 2017.

“It is a very obvious step - and the idea of coming home and having a position in this fantastic city is also a thrill for me," Sir Rattle has told Britain's BBC.

"I cannot imagine a better or more inspiring way to spend my next years, and feel immensely fortunate to have the LSO as my musical family and co-conspirators," he has said.

"This is the realisation of a dream, to bring Simon Rattle back to his home country to lead the extraordinary musicians of the LSO," London Symphony Managing Director, Kathryn McDowell has said.

He will replace Principal Conductor, Valery Gergiev who is set to stand down at the end of 2015.

Rattle will be going under the title of Music Director rather than Chief Conductor - the first conductor to have that title since Claudio Abbado.

Rattle, 60 made his first appearance with the London Symphony in 1977, aged 22, and currently serves as Chief Conductor and Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – a position he has held since 2002.