Simon Rattle: The Making of a Maestro
Documentary providing unique insights into the working life of one of the world's most acclaimed musicians, celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle.
This documentary provides unique insights into the working life of one of the world's most acclaimed musicians, conductor Sir Simon Rattle. To mark his 60th birthday, we follow Rattle through a demanding year of rehearsals and performances with five different orchestras, from the South Bank to Taiwan, as he talks candidly about his life and beliefs.
Through the lens of archive footage, we explore a remarkable journey spanning four decades, from his early days with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra at the tender age of 22 to his current post as chief conductor and artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic. We see how his dynamic leadership of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra made him a household name which is said to have inspired the rebuilding of a city, while he remains someone who still has his own doubts before every performance.
There are contributions from artists and friends who have worked closely with him, including violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, composer Thomas Ades, singers Roderick Williams and Mark Padmore, theatre director Peter Sellars and the managing director of the Barbican, Sir Nicholas Kenyon.
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
Nicholas Kenyon on Simon Rattle
Simon Rattle on his 12 favourite composers
Andy King-Dabbs director of Simon Rattle: the Making of a Maestro explores the changing face of Birmingham
|Participant||Sir Simon Rattle|
|Interviewed Guest||Anne-Sophie Mutter|
|Interviewed Guest||Peter Sellars|
|Interviewed Guest||Thomas Ades|
|Interviewed Guest||Roderick Williams|
|Interviewed Guest||Mark Padmore|
|Interviewed Guest||Nicholas Kenyon|
|Orchestra||The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra|
|Executive Producer||Mark Cooper|
|Executive Producer||Helen Mansfield|