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It's official - Sir Simon Rattle will become principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017. The move will cap an extraordinary career, captured here in iconic pictures.
This photo from 1974 shows Rattle as he was emerging onto the conducting scene. His hair had already emerged, obviously.
The young Rattle with fellow conductor Calvin Simmons in 1976.
Hanging out with the Master of the Queen's Music, Peter Maxwell Davies, in 1981.
Simon Rattle really came to the public's attention when he became musical director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra after joining them in 1980. Here he is in the city's Symphony Hall.
Simon Rattle, pictured in 2001.
Two modern masters of classical music, hanging out in a theatre.
Sir Simon receives a prestigious Goldene Kamera award in 2007. How prestigious? Pierce Brosnan, Lionel Richie and Nicolas Cage prestigious.
Sir Simon had a special guest for this performance - none other than Mr. Bean.
Rattle during a rehearsal with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2014.
Receiving the Insignia of a Member of the Order of Merit from The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2014.