Rattle: A Barbican Music Library Exhibition



To mark Sir Simon Rattle’s first season as Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), and to celebrate nearly half a century of achievements, Askonas Holt and the LSO present Rattle: A Barbican Music Library Exhibition from Thursday 14 September to Friday 22 December 2017.

^ A young Simon Rattle, from his family collections

Curated by Simon’s first manager Martin Campbell-White, and former City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) Chief Executive Edward Smith, the exhibition will follow a timeline from 1955 to today, with photographs, awards, video footage, letters, programmes and other memorabilia, including unseen items from Simon’s family collections.

The exhibition will also feature a bromide fibre print of Rory Coonan’s 1982 photograph, taken using a 150-year-old plate camera and released for the first time by the National Portrait Gallery in 2015 to celebrate Simon’s 60th birthday. The print on display is the only one to exist outside the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection.

A series of Q&As between LSO players and well-known industry figures with whom Simon has enjoyed a close connection will run alongside the exhibition, with guests including Simon’s teacher and mentor John Carewe, double-bassist Chi-chi Nwanoku, and exhibition curators Martin Campbell-White and Edward Smith. Dates, times and locations will be published on the LSO website in due course.

Main photo credit: Sheila Rock

Exhibition / Barbican Music Library opening times

Thursday 14 September to Friday 22 December

Mondays & Wednesdays 9.30am to 5.30pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays 9.30am to 7.30pm
Fridays 9.30am to 2pm
Saturdays 9.30am to 4pm (9.30am to 7.30pm 16 and 23 September only)
Closed on Sundays

Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

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