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Simon Harper is a freelance singer, conductor and teacher. He is a Tenor Lay Clerk in Hereford Cathedral Choir, with which he has sung in live broadcasts on BBC 1 and BCC Radio 3, and twice toured the USA. Simon also gives vocal and instrumental tuition privately and in schools across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Simon read Music at the University of York, studying under Robert Hollingworth, graduating in 2013 with First Class Honours. He received his early musical education in Southampton, where he was a chorister in the Church Choir of St. Michael and All Angels, Bassett, and a violinist in the Southampton Youth Orchestra.
Simon has sung with the Choir of York Minster, the Yorkshire Bach Choir and the University of York Chamber Choir, with which he often performed as a soloist, notably in Monteverdi’s 1610 Vespers, and as the Evangelist in the Schütz St. John Passion. He was also a member of York vocal ensemble The 24, with which he twice toured China, and took lead roles in York opera productions, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Weber’s Der Freischütz.
Simon has sung with the international solo voice ensemble Les Canards Chantants, with which he recorded a CD and appeared on BBC 1. As a member of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen scheme 2015-16, Simon worked with The Sixteen, and directors Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. Simon currently sings with Echo, a new London-based choir.
Active as a conductor and choral director, in York Simon founded and directed the chamber choir Incantiamo, conducted the University Concert Orchestra, and was musical director for the University Opera Society. He has been director of Hereford Chamber Choir since September 2014.
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