Date: 11.08.15 Tuesday
Simon Johnson is the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral,
leading the wide-ranging organ-programme, accompanying the world-famous choir and
directing the Cathedral Consort.
He has been involved in all the national occasions that have taken place at St Paul’s since
his appointment in 2008, including the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher and the
Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. He can be heard as both soloist and
accompanist at St Paul’s on several recordings for the Hyperion label and has recently
recorded Holst’s The Planets for Priory. His yearly extravaganzas for the Lord Mayor’s
Show in London has seen collaborations with Jo Brand and Alistair McGowan (Peter and
the Wolf), and Brian Blessed (Animal Parade).
Outside of St Paul’s, Simon enjoys a diverse and busy freelance schedule. Recitals have taken him all over Europe and the USA, as well as to many of the premier venues in the UK. He has worked as soloist, accompanist and continuo player with the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, The Sixteen and The Cardinall’s Musick. Simon performed the extended organ part in the Oscar, BAFTA and Grammy award-winning musical soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
As a director he became well-known through his work with the St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir, leading them in several highly-acclaimed recordings and tours. Recently he has conducted Bach’s St John Passion, Duruflé’s Requiem and Bruckner’s Mass in E minor as part of the cathedral’s ongoing partnerships with orchestras in London.
He has taken part in the premières of works by many of the world’s leading composers and his own commissioned Gloria for choir, brass and organ will be published by OUP in the summer.
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