Sir Simon Rattle

Our guide to the best classical events this month.


1/ This is Rattle: opening concert
As Sir Simon Rattle makes his long-awaited return to the UK, the LSO welcomes home its new Music Director with ten days of celebratory events. His first concert is devoted to works by British composers including Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Birtwistle’s Violin Concerto, Knussen’s Third Symphony and a new fanfare commission from Helen Grime.
Thursday 14 September 2017, Barbican Centre, London.

2/ Stanford’s piano preludes
Sam Haywood launches his new recording of piano preludes by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford at this free recital hosted by Rhinegold LIVE. Tickets include a complimentary glass of wine and Sam will be signing copies of his new CD, released on Hyperion Records.
Tuesday 5 September 2017, Conway Hall, London.

3/ Last Night of the Proms
In tribute to Sir Malcolm Sargent, Chief Conductor of the Proms for nearly twenty years, the last night includes a rare performance of his orchestral work An Impression on a Windy Day.
Saturday 9 September 2017, Royal Albert Hall, London.


1/ Viewing & talk on Vaughan Williams’ restored score for Bach’s St Matthew Passion
Each year at the Leith Hill Musical Festival, Vaughan Williams conducted his own unique interpretation of Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Kept in the archives at Surrey Performing Arts Library, his working copy of the score has now been expertly restored and will be on display in a specially commissioned case at a talk given by conservator Victoria Stevens on Tuesday 19 September 2017 from 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Tuesday 19 September 2017, Dorking Halls, Surrey.

2/ Sir Malcolm Sargent study day
The British Library is holding a study day exploring the life and legacy of British conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Drawing on unpublished recordings held in the library’s Sound Archive and material from the Sargent Collection, speakers include broadcaster Tom Service, conductor David Lloyd-Jones, biographer Richard Aldous and Sargent’s secretary Sylvia Darnley OBE.
Saturday 9 September 2017, The British Library, London.

3/ First International Conference on Women’s Work in Music
Marking 40 years since the death of Welsh composer Grace Williams, Bangor University’s School of Music has organised a four-day conference on female musicians. Highlights include papers on women composers at the Proms, women musicians of the British Ethical Movement and the world premiere of Grace Williams’ Violin Sonata.
Monday 4 – Thursday 7 September 2017, Bangor University, Wales.