Simon has been involved in music in one form or another most of his life, from playing French horn in bands and orchestras while at school, to enjoying a ‘mis-spent youth’ writing for and playing in an ahead-of-its-time Britpop band through the ‘80s. But it was joining the Earlsdon-based Worldsong community choir in the year 2000, that meant he rediscovered the joys of singing in harmony, and currently he sings bass and, occasionally, tenor (though not at the same time), as well as continuing to compose. He also spent a couple of years singing, acting and playing various instruments in a small voice-theatre group called ‘Foot and Mouth’, creating performances that wove narratives around songs in multi-part harmony from traditional world music.
With a welter of musical and performing experiences, including leading workshops and scratch choirs, Simon is passionate about making singing fun and accessible. Under his direction, the sessions of the Coventry choir ‘One Voice’ are full of good humour, encouragement and a shared sense of respect and enjoyment. Deceptively ‘simple’ songs in four or more part harmonies may take a while to come together, but there is plenty of laughter along the way, and the choir is very much enjoying adding to its repertoire.