Simon Rattle: We’ll have to make the best of Brexit

Simon Rattle: We’ll have to make the best of Brexit


norman lebrecht

August 04, 2017

From an interview with Erica Jeal in the Guardian today:

Some of the (LSO) players asked whether I’d have taken the job if I had known. I said it would have made me extraordinarily wary, it’s true – but we will make the best of it we can. And a lot of our European counterparts have said, ‘We are going to try to do more work with you rather than less!’” 

Full interview here.


  • DESR says:

    Sounds good. Next?

  • Analeck Kram-Hammerbauer says:

    He should come more often to conduct SOdBR. His concerts were good.

  • Sue says:


  • herrera says:

    “it was the orchestra’s curiosity and enthusiasm and complete lack of bullshit that I found amazingly attractive”

    Interesting, Rattle’s highest praise for someone is “complete lack of bullshit”, he used the identical phrase regarding his first meeting with Karajan in a documentary.

    But does he mean “humbleness” or “authenticity” or “absence of pretence” or “directness”? One wonders which orchestra and conductor he thinks is “full of bullshit”.