Rattle on the cover

Ahead of his return to the UK, we delve into the BBC Music Magazine archives and take a look at all our covers featuring Sir Simon Rattle


In this month's magazine – out now – we take a look at what's ahead for Sir Simon as he returns to the UK as music director of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Here, to celebrate, we take a trip down memory lane to see all eight of the covers featuring the great maestro. Prepare for turtlenecks aplenty...


November 1993

‘You can feel an audience’s involvement, or lack of it, immediately. It’s like the difference between talking to people over the telephone or face to face, where you can see the reactions in their eyes.’ – Simon Rattle


October 1997

‘I think conductors only start to get competent at sixty, and then start growing. So there’s another twenty years or so!’ – Simon Rattle


September 1999

'Simon is one of that rare breed who can who can combine old and new, and convey it in a language people can understand.' – Brett Dean, composer and former Berlin Philharmonic viola player


April 2003

‘There is little that reflects the dark side of man as powerfully as the first movement of Beethoven’s Ninth. But the journey goes on from despair to hope – as it does in so many other Beethoven pieces…with all his struggles he was an optimist, and I really don’t think that’s a bad thing to be.’ – Simon Rattle