- Sir Simon Rattle’s arrival in London heralds a new era for the LSO. To mark his inaugural season as Music Director of the Orchestra, and as Barbican Guildhall Associate Artist, we bring you ten days of celebratory events of which everyone can be a part.
- We'll be keeping you up to date throughout via this live blog – in tweets, Instagrams, videos, photos, text and more. Whether you're in London or on the other side of the world; watching at the Barbican Centre or online; get involved via #ThisIsRattle.
SUNDAY 24 SEPTEMBER 2017
- So here we are, the final day of This Is Rattle. And it's a bumper one!
We're beginning bright and early at 10.30am with some free activities for families on the foyer. Have a go at conducting, make some portraits, try some instruments and meet some musicians. There's also a family trail around the foyer. Come down and have a go. Bring an instrument if you have one.
- Interlock: Friends Pictured Within is open at 10am on Level G and Less Than Thirteen is running throughout the day, viewable from Level G.
At 12.15pm the young musicians of LSO On Track will be on stage with Sir Simon Rattle, LSO players and musicians from the Guildhall School. They've been working hard this week rehearsing special arrangements of Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring and Elgar's Enigma Variations. Come and support them – suitable for all the family.
- At 2pm Cinema 1 will be showing Rhythm Is It, a documentary made early in Sir Simon's tenure at the Berlin Philharmonic, in which he and 250 Berlin schoolchildren performed The Rite of Spring.
At 6pm its the final concert of This Is Rattle: the second performance of the Stravinsky ballets trilogy. The concert is sold out, but you can watch it live on YouTube and ClassicFM.com. And indeed here:
- If you're around the Barbican Centre from 5.30pm listen out for fanfares performed by brass players from the Guildhall School:
Clare Elton Fanfare (world premiere)
Julian Anderson Opening of Fantasia I from ‘Fantasias’
Stravinsky Prelude from ‘The Rake’s Progress’
- An absolutely fantastic start to our final day, with the young musicians playing their hearts out on the stage at lunchtime. "Music is for everyone", said Sir Simon, "so I hope you all will come back time and time again." One performance not being enough, Sir Simon took them through Elgar Enigma Variations (a special arrangement by Gareth Glyn) for a second time as an encore. "Give me some eye-contact every now and again," he urged them; "It gets awfully lonely up here sometimes!"
- Not a dry eye in the house!