Simon Halsey, director of the Berlin Radio chorus since 2001, is stepping down in 2016. His close friend Simon Rattle is leaving in 2018. Berlin journalists are unhappy that both made the announcement to quit in English.
Simon Halsey, 55, has made it clear that he needs to spend more time with his family in England. He has been director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus for 30 years. Under the two Simons, the Berlin Philharmonic and the excellent radio chorus have coordinated their plans more closely than ever before.