More details about Simon's achievements so far.

 

Simon was a piano pupil of Martin Roscoe, and studied organ with Roger Fisher. He was Bernard Hale Organ Scholar at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and a Charles Bryars Scholar at The University of Sheffield. Simon is also an Associate of the Royal College of Music and the Royal College of Organists. He has performed at many cathedrals, college chapels, and parish churches both as soloist and accompanist, and also performs internationally: most notably throughout Scandinavia. As a performer, Simon specialises in spiritual aspects to music, especially in César Franck, Charles Tournemire, and Olivier Messiaen. His research at Sheffield examined the theology of colour associations in Messiaen's music, whilst his forthcoming project 'Sounding Salvation: Mystic Music and Symbolist Technique in Organ and Piano Works by Charles Tournemire' examines in detail this composer's theological, mystic symbolism, as well as including a new critical performing edition of Deux fresques symphoniques sacrées.

His other research interests include Russian Orthodox choral music; the Spanish colonial heritage of church music throughout Latin America; and Brazilian music from the churches of Salvador, to Candomblé and Umbanda. As a lecturer, Simon is more than happy to present his research findings in Keynote presentations rich in visual and sonic content.  Since 2000 he has appeared onboard ship for numerous cruise lines, offering music and ethnomusicological lectures, destinations presentations, and passenger choirs. As a conductor Simon succeeds John Hobbs as Musical Director of the South Devon Choir, and is also conductor of the Exeter Chorale, whilst he also works under Robin Stubbs as Accompanist of Britannia Choral Society in Dartmouth. As a composer Simon has worked on mass settings of varying dimensions, and settings of the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore, whilst his latest work, Mistral Lyrics, explores the life and experiences of Chilean Nobel Laureate Gabriela Mistral. And whilst travelling has been one of Simon's greatest pleasures: from the shrines and temples of Kyoto, Nara, and Miyajima, to journeys across India or throughout Africa, and experiences around Latin America from the Caribbean to Patagonia, it is the enriching effect these insights have had on his work at home which is significant.