Musical Director

Simon Wookey

Simon started his conducting career as winner of Kingston University’s prestigious conducting prize, before founding the choir Cantiamo, who have performed throughout the country. Recently he conducted prestigious choir Holst Singers at Southwark Cathedral, in a programme of contemporary Christmas music including works by Johnathan Dove and Bob Chilcott and Pierre Villette. He has subsequently been appointed their Associate Music Director, working closely with Stephen Layton on projects as diverse as Bach motets and contemporary Estonian folk music, and conducting the choir in regular performances in central London. Recent performances have included Howells’ Requiem, Tippet’s Spirituals and Allegri’s Miserere.

He sings with many choirs in London and around the country, including Holst Singers under Stephen Layton, experience that has taken him to over twenty cathedrals and tours to the Netherlands, Poland and Estonia. As a soloist he has sung the role of The Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion for the Holst Chamber Choir, and appears as a soloist on the recent Hyperion recording of the music of Velo Tormis.

Simon is committed to his work in education and teaches singing and violin for London Borough of Harrow’s Music Service, and has worked for Harrow Young Musicians since 1994. He currently conducts the organization’s Symphony Orchestra, has taken many opera roles in Extravaganza performances at the Royal Albert Hall, specializing in playing priests and rugby players!

He started his association with South Oxhey Community Choir as Associate Conductor, working closely with Gareth Malone, preparing the choir for performances at the Watford Colosseum, and memorably conducting the choir and a stadium of fans in community singing at Saracens Rugby Club. In a similar vein, has also worked as an animateur for the LSO St Luke’s Community Choir, including working with Bobby McFerrin at a concert at the Barbican.

Simon also took an active role in the 2011 festival Voices Now where he worked with community projects leading to performances at Camden’s Roundhouse.

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