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Simon Harper is a freelance singer, conductor and teacher. He is a Tenor Lay Clerk in Hereford Cathedral Choir, with whom he has sung in live broadcasts on BBC 1 and BCC Radio 3, twice toured the USA and recently sang in a concert at the Sistine Chapel, and for a Papal Mass in St Peter's Square. Simon also gives vocal and instrumental tuition privately and in schools and colleges 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.
Whilst in York, Simon sang with the Choir of York Minster, Yorkshire Bach Choir and the University 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. As a member of York vocal ensemble The 24, Simon toured China and Serbia. He also took lead roles in York opera productions, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Weber’s Der Freischütz. Simon founded and directed the chamber choir Incantiamo, conducted the University Concert Orchestra, and was musical director for the University Opera Society.
Simon has studied choral directing with Paul Spicer, and as a member of the prestigious Genesis Sixteen scheme 2015-16, worked with The Sixteen, and directors Harry Christophers and Eamonn Dougan. Simon currently sings with and co directs Echo, a new London-based choir. He has been director of Hereford Chamber Choir since September 2014.
Photo credit Eliza Brown