In a Munich interview yesterday, Sir Simon was asked why he was drawn to the dark Melencolia of Sir Harrison Birtwistle.
Rattle’s reply: ‘Oh, we all have something dark, but I, my family say, am almost maniacally optimistic. So much so it can get on your nerves.’
Next question: Would you have joined the LSO if you knew that Brexit was coming?
‘Good question. In fact, I signed up a few months before Brexit. It was not my first thought, because working with the orchestra is just so important and so positive … Anyway, I did not have to make any decisions about it. But since then we have noticed that fewer people from Europe are applying for trials with the orchestra. That’s a fact and I can understand it, because, put simply, no-one knows what the situation will be and how easy it will be to get permits, visas and so on. We shall see.’