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simon rattle'>Sir Simon Rattle has been the most successful champion of orchestral music and opera for more than three decades. His departure strikes a chord across both politics and media, writes David Lister.

Last night's dream: 3 men wait in @JohnLithgow 's NYC apartment: @SimonCallow , simon rattle'>Sir Simon Rattle, and this Simon. John comes out, typically gracious. "I just figured you should know each other." We have tea. Sir Simon says, "That Simon Cowell is quite full of himself, isn't he?"

Is Simon Rattle's departure the start of a baton rush, wonders Norman Lebrecht

Is Simon Rattle's departure the start of a baton rush, asks Norman Lebrecht

Singers and songwriters including Sir Elton John and Sir Simon Rattle have accused the government of “shamefully failing” the country’s performers with its Brexit deal.

Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been “shamefully failed” by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union.

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Dozens of U.K. music stars including Elton John, Ed Sheeran and conductor Simon Rattle say musicians have been ‘shamefully failed’ by the British government, which has left them facing post-Brexit restrictions on touring in the European Union.

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“I have felt rather uncomfortable with it since the times of the Falklands...so I always avoided doing it.” Music Director of the LSO, simon rattle'>Sir Simon Rattle, says it may be time to find a “British compromise” on playing songs like ‘Rule, Britannia!’ on the Last Night of the Proms.

‘I have felt rather uncomfortable with it since the time of the Falklands’ – simon rattle'>Sir Simon Rattle on ‘Rule, Britannia!’

"Work like hell, stay curious, and realise that people around you are actually much nicer than you think they might be." Sir Simon Rattle's advice for young musicians:

This was the moment this morning when pen went to paper and Sir Simon Rattle became Music Director to be. #lsorattle 

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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Sir Simon Rattle as Music Director of the LSO, taking up his post in Sep 2017 #lsorattle 

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