New Year's Honours for Sir Simon Rattle


Huge congratulations are in order for Sir Simon Rattle who has been awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen. A mere 24 people from across the arts, politics and sciences are part of the Order at any given time and Sir Simon now joins an elite group of musicians honoured, including Edward Elgar, Joan Sutherland and Yehudi Menuhin. Responding to the news, Simon Rattle wished to express his thanks for this incredible recognition: “The phone call inquiring if I would accept the OM was one of the biggest surprises of my life. When I then saw the list of members I was overwhelmed, and remain so! I am very touched and honoured.”

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