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Sir Simon Rattle brings Berlin Philharmonic to UK

Sir Simon Rattle - picture courtesy of Simon Fowler
Rattle was made chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002

Sir Simon Rattle has announced he will conduct a series of concerts with the Berlin Philharmonic in a unique collaboration with three London venues.

The London Concerts series opens at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, then continues at the Barbican Centre and concludes at the Royal Festival Hall.

Sir Simon said: "This is a rare opportunity for us to perform four concerts over consecutive days."

The concerts have been scheduled for February 2011.

The orchestra will showcase chamber music by Schubert and will debut a new piece by Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa.

Classical symphonies by Haydn will also be included on the bill, along with Mahler's monumental Symphony No 3.

"I am particularly pleased that our visit opens with a chamber music concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, spotlighting individual talents from the Orchestra," Sir Simon said.

Sir Simon was made chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic in 2002.

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