Simon Rattle: Sadiq backs my new concert hallmain
From an interview today with the gushing editor of London’s freesheet:
Rattle was impressed that Mayor Sadiq Khan managed to see him conduct Pelléas et Mélisande at the Barbican in the middle of the mayoral campaign. He is a big fan of the new mayor. “I mean, what a fantastic thing for London, and how wonderful on day two to have an enemy in Donald Trump. What a feather in the cap for London. I was thrilled that Sadiq Khan was so in support of the idea of culture being at the centre of a city and the idea that it is everyone’s right. It can’t be a matter of privilege or chance. It should be something everyone can have in their life, and that means knowing what it is.”
Sadiq with Chief Rabbi
Earlier in the piece, the Barbican chief Nick Kenyon calls Rattle ‘the Benedict Cumberbatch of classical music’.