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Conductor

Simon has been very much in demand as a 

conductor of crossover and popular music also and,

as such, has worked with a broad and diverse range

of musicians performing in all of the UK's major

concert halls and arenas. In 2006 Simon was playing

violin in the orchestra for a rehearsal before an

Il Divo concert when, at short notice, he was asked

to direct and conduct the orchestra. Having flirted

with the pop side of music as a violinist, this was

the beginning of his involvement from the podium.

He went on to conduct the UK leg of

Chris de Burgh's Footsteps tour and returned to work with Il Divo in 2011 when he joined them, conducting the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, in the DVD "Il Divo Live In London" which was recorded in August 2011 during two live performances in the London Coliseum.

 

 

 

 

 

In September 2015 Simon was appointed as Chief Conductor of the Štátny Komorný Orchester (Slovak Sinfonietta, state chamber orchestra of Slovakia), a member of the 'Orchestra Network for Europe'. During his tenure he conducted a number of concerts at the orchestra's home venue in Zilina and further afield in major venues across Slovakia, bringing with him

an eclectic mix of repertoire, some of which has been new to both

the orchestra and its dedicated audience. Concerts have included

orchestral royalty such as Mozart, Beethoven, Mendlessohn, but

have also taken in lesser known composers such as Piazzola,

Sejourne and Rodrigo. Simon has also introduced elements of his

vast experience of cross-over repertoire by featuring some of the

most popular composers of the genre including Bernstein,

Schonberg and Lloyd Webber. Following his three year tenure as

Chief Conductor, Simon now continues his relationship as Principal

Guest Conductor. In January 2018 Simon was honoured by the

government of Slovakia through the award of a 'Diploma of

Appreciation' in recognition of extraordinary merits in the 

development of friendly relationships with the Slovak Republic.

A conductor with a national and international portfolio, Simon has worked with numerous eminent ensembles including the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Shanghai Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Newcity Orchestra and the Irish Philharmonic. He has an ongoing relationship with the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra , one of Russia's leading symphony orchestras, as a guest conductor and looks forward to a return visit in November 2019. In July 2018 he took part in the Bucharest International Conducting Competition and was awarded the 'special prize', voted for by members of the Bucharest Symphony Orchestra, and as such he looks forward to returning to Bucharest to conduct the Orchestra during the coming season.

February 2016 saw Simon being appointed as Artistic Director of the Southern Sinfonia, an ensemble that is fast gaining the reputation as the leading professional chamber orchestra in the south of England. The orchestra is 'Orchestra in Residence' at Queen's College, Taunton and to date has afforded him the opportunity to work with many of his long-term musical friends and associates including pianists Peter Donohoe and Graham Caskie,  harpist Catrin Finch, oboist Nicholas Daniel and guitarist Craig Ogden.

2012 saw Simon conducting the Il Divo Wicked Game tour which crossed six continents and visited many of the world's iconic concert venues including the Sydney Opera House, Ceasar's Palace (Las Vegas), Nihon Budokan (Tokyo), the Beacon Theatre (Broadway, New York) and the Royal Albert Hall. In September 2012 he conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra with Il Divo on the Last Night of the Proms (Proms in the Park in Hyde Park) in front of a capacity audience of 45,000. 2013 saw Simon once again travelling extensively as the conductor for Il Divo in performances across Europe and North America for the "Greatest Hits" tour. Additionally, he worked with mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins as she collaborated with Il Divo during the European leg of the tour.

 

Throughout 2014 Simon toured once again as conductor with Il Divo on the  group's hugely successful "A Musical Affair World Tour" which was captured in the live DVD recording "A Musical Affair: Live in Japan". During this tour Simon was delighted to have the opportunity to work with two of musical theatre's most popular leading ladies - Ms Mazz Murray and the Tony and Olivier Award winning singer and actress  Ms Lea Salonga who joined the group as their special guests.

In 2015 Simon took on the role of leader and violinist in a bespoke ensemble to accompany the British tenor 'the voice' Russell Watson for his 'Up Close and Personal' tour. This continued with Mr Watson's hugely successful 'Songs from the Heart' tour. Following a gala concert at the Bridgwater Hall and a subsequent short tour with orchestra with Simon as conductor he stepped up to the role of Musical Director.  2018 saw Simon on the road again with Russell for the 'Canzoni d'Amore' tour playing multiple concerts throughout the UK and Ireland.

 

Simon's work also extends to the theatre and in 2012 he

collaborated with Westlife's Nicky Byrne in a production of

"The Snowman" which was performed in Limerick and Dublin.

He has since returned to Dublin many times to conduct this

Christmas classic alongside guest narrator RTE's Shay Byrne

and a screening of the original animated film on a huge

60ft screen.