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The Making of a Maestro (PG*)

This is Rattle

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Marking his 60th birthday, this 2015 BBC film follows a year of Sir Simon Rattle's hectic schedule.

The first television biography of the celebrated conductor Sir Simon Rattle for 15 years, this documentary provides unique insights into the working life of one of the world's most acclaimed musicians. The film follows 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.

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.




UK 2015 Dir Andy King-Dabbs 59 min Video presentation


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Watch: Young Reviewer on This is Rattle

Our Young Reviewer Lily shares her thoughts on the inaugural This is Rattle concerts.

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