Simon Rattle receives freedom of the City

Simon Rattle receives freedom of the City


norman lebrecht

September 18, 2019

In London, we love an occasion to dress up.

Not sure what extra privileges it entails. He can already ride free on the buses.


  • Gustavo says:

    They want him to leave home (Berlin) for good.

  • axl says:

    When speaking Rattle… have you Norman notice that one important player of Rattle’s former orchestra trumpet section has resigned? The biggest news of this year!

  • Alexander Hall says:

    Since Sir Simon Rattle is still primarily resident in the Federal Republic of Germany and has declared no intention to relocate from Berlin, I am surprised that Norman thinks he’s entitled to a free buss pass. Rattle may have a second home near the river, but Freedom Passes are normally only issued to citizens whose main seat of residence is the UK.

  • Esther Cavett says:

    Does Sir S have a house in London ? [redacted: privacy]

  • John Borstlap says:

    Why does so often the unreadable happen in music life?

  • Stephen Maddock says:

    I think he can now drive his sheep across London Bridge.

  • John Borstlap says:

    Freedom of the City means, in this case, that Sir Simon is no longer obliged to keep to the notated score or to be on time when performing in London.

  • Amy says:

    Congratulations Sir Simon!

  • Michael Kemp says:

    A well deserved honour.