Sir Simon Rattle to Leave London Symphony Orchestra in 2023

He will then become Chief Conductor of the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Munich from 2023 onward

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The British conductor has extended his contract with the London-based ensemble until 2023.

Much like conductor André Previn, Sir Simon Rattle will take up a lifetime role as LSO's Conductor Emeritus upon departure.

"I am delighted that I will continue in my role as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra for another three years, extending my contract until 2023, and that I will be able to remain closely associated with the Orchestra into the future," Sir Simon Rattle said. "My reasons for accepting the role of Principal Conductor in Munich are entirely personal, enabling me to better manage the balance of my work and be close enough to home to be present for my children in a meaningful way. I love the London Symphony Orchestra. I remain committed to the LSO, and we have plans for major projects in the coming years. I am thrilled that we will be making music together far into the future."

"We want to thank Sir Simon for his immense and continuing contribution to the London Symphony Orchestra," said LSO chair David Alberman and Managing Director Kathryn McDowell. "Simon’s willingness to roll up his sleeves and champion the causes of classical music and music education in the UK continues to be hugely important both for us and also for future generations in the UK."