Hay Sessions 2012

Simon Rattle

Episode 1 Simon Rattle



There’s no need to camp out in Hay-on-Wye (which is rarely fêted for its balmy weather) to enjoy its annual book festival. Recordings of many of the talks will be shown every day for the next fortnight, beginning with a tête-à-tête with Sir Simon Rattle.

The Berlin Philharmonic conductor will be in conversation with Tom Service, author of Music as Alchemy: Journeys with Great Conductors and their Orchestras.

As always, the line-up is as diverse as it is august: Stephen Fry, Nobel Prize winner Mario Vargas Llosa, Terry Pratchett, Ian Rankin, Julian Clary, Andrew Marr and Monty Don — and that’s just for starters.


From the Hay Festival of Literature & the Arts, conductor Simon Rattle chats to music writer Tom Service about his work with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.