Sir Simon Rattle - RPS Gold Medallist
The first Gold Medal to be awarded in 2000 was on 20 March to Sir Simon Rattle and took place on the podium at the Royal Festival Hall London during one of Sir Simon’s final Towards the Millennium concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. We were truly grateful to Alfred Brendel, himself a Gold Medal holder, who in the middle of a very hectic schedule found time to make the presentation to Sir Simon on behalf of the Society.
Graham Sheffield, Director of Arts, British Council: Nobody could ever have invented the RPS. I love it for the support it gives to musicians, and for its commitment to an inspiring future for music.
DID YOU KNOW?
1830: Midsummer Night’s Dream is ‘very beautiful, and encored, but it is awfully, fearfully difficult, so much so that last Saturday morning Mendelssohn was SEVEN hours rehearsing.’