The man behind Simon Rattle is helping refugee kids

This is a rare sighting of Andreas Knapp, Sir Simon’s assistant at the Berlin Philharmonic, who is also a professional photographer and does not like to come out much from behind the camera.

Andreas (left in the picture) is active with Hangar Music (, a program that gives refugees coming to Germany the chance to learn an instrument and become involved in music.


On the Berlin Phil’s current US tour – Rattle’s last – Andreas arranged with Professor Mark Clague to stage a photo exhibition of his work with dispossessed children and their families, at Ann Arbor, Michigan.




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