The wires have gone wild with names of candidates to succeed Simon Rattle in the world’s premier podium. Some of the names mentioned have never conducted the orchestra, some will never be asked and others are unsuitable for any number of reasons.
Remember, this is not a beauty contest or Strictly Come Conducting. It’s a political and commercial decision that will be made behind closed doors by members of the orchestra as and when they have recovered from Rattle’s resignation announcement.
First, they need to find a basis for unified action. Although it presents a solid front, the orchestra has strong pro and anti-Rattle factions who will need to hammer out their differences before the succession can be broached. It may be two years before they hold an election and much can come unstuck in that time.