Sir Simon Rattle (1955-)
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The 16 greatest conductors of all time
10. Sir Simon Rattle (1955-)
Once a bright young thing, Rattle rose to international prominence as conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. He then went on to conquer the notoriously hard to please Berlin Philharmonic, as well as his own cloud-like hair. But perhaps best of all, during the London 2012 Olympic opening ceremony, he took the LSO through a version of 'Chariots of Fire' with Mr. Bean on keyboards.