Although Simon started his career
by studying Molecular Genetics at University College London he spent
much of his time studying and making music, both as composer and as a
violinist/violist leading not only the orchestra of University College,
but also Queen Mary College. Whilst at university he saw performances
of his choral music take place at Koln, Worcester, Gloucester and Ely
Cathedrals as well as his first orchestral piece 'Preludio'
at the Thaxted Festival. After leaving university he worked first as a
researcher and then a secondary school teacher, before teaching violin
and viola for Staffordshire LEA. He finally left teaching to undertake
postgraduate studies in Film Music Composition at the London College of
Music. This was followed by 4 years at the National Film and TV School
before Simon embarked on a career as a professional composer.
Simon’s work as a Film and TV composer has encompassed a wide variety of genres. In the field of Animation he is represented by films such as ‘Blindscape’
for which he wrote (and conducted) the music, as well as being the
sound editor/designer and supervising Dubbing Mixer. This film received
both BAFTA and OSCAR NOMINATIONS for Best Short Animation Film. Other animationwork includes ‘Behind the couch’ a childrens TV series, and a series of 20 animations to poems for GCSE English.
In the realm of Drama, he wrote (and conducted) the music for the highly successful BBC/Tiger Aspect series of films ‘Heroes and Villains’ as well as writing some music for the Ivor Novello Award Nominated score to ‘The Wyvern Mystery’.
In the Comedy field he can be represented by the BBC Wales film ‘Everycloud’ starring Liz Frazer.
He has composed music for factual programs such as the controversialHORIZON "How to kill a human being"as well as having written music for such diverse topics as Wildlife
documentaries and Food docu~dramas. The highly successful BBC series
the ‘Belief File’ represents some of Simon’s work as composer and Sound Designer in the Documentary Field.
Finally, he has written innovative scores forFeature Filmscombining vocal, electronic and orchestral elements a good example being his recent score to"The Tormented",whilst ‘Cleanskin’ (Warner Brothers starring Sean Bean) shows his ability to write orchestral "action" music. ‘The Blue Iguana’ (Starring OSCAR winner Sam Rockwell) shows him working in a black comedy enviroment, whilst ‘Puritan’ (Starring David Soul, Nick Moran, Georgina Rylance) is a more mainstream film noir “Hollywood” style.
Simon has also written music for the stage, including the musical ‘The Sunlight King’ which was shortlisted for the Vivien Ellis Award and
music for plays. Representative of his orchestral output is the Violin
Concerto (as heard on Classic FM and which is also available on CD and
available on iTunes) and representing his
Choral output are works such as his Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis which
have been performed in several of Britain’s cathedrals.
the past, Simon has worked as an Orchestrator, Music Consultant and
Music Technology Consultant, was the Senior Music Tutor at the National
Film and Television School for 4 years as well as Course Director for
Post Graduate Studies at the London College of Music and Media / Thames
Valley University, and has lectured/tutored at various Universities and
Film Schools, including Oxford University, The London Films School, and
the London Film Academy.