In conversation with Sir Simon Rattle

On the eve of the LSO's Australian tour, Sir Simon Rattle discussed life and music with ABC presenter, Martin Buzacott.
Sir Simon Rattle in conversation with Martin Buzacott at QPAC Photo: Peter Wallis

Sir Simon Rattle, Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), is in Australia for a series of concerts presenting the LSO in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. It is only the fourth visit to Australia by this illustrious world-renowned orchestra in its 120 years of operation, and Rattle’s third visit. His first was with the Berliner Philharmoniker, when he was Principal Conductor for 16 years, and the second was as Guest Conductor with the Australian World Orchestra.

On the eve of the opening night concert in Brisbane, with a program including John Adams, Debussy and Ravel, Rattle shared his thoughts and aspirations with ABC Radio National presenter, Martin Buzacott. The discussion was wide-ranging, covering his distinguished career, the importance of musical education, presenting live music performances in the digital age and his recent public statements on funding cuts to the arts in the UK.

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Suzannah Conway is an experienced arts administrator, having been CEO of Opera Queensland, the Brisbane Riverfestival and the Centenary of Federation celebrations for Queensland. She is a freelance arts writer and has been writing reviews and articles for over 20 years, regularly reviewing classical music, opera and musical theatre in particular for The Australian and Limelight magazine as well as other journals. Most recently she was Arts Hub's Brisbane-based Arts Feature Writer.