Join us for this evening of international works by organist Simon Johnson!
Simon Johnson has been the Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral for 12 years. During this time he has played for Her Majesty the Queen, the Dalai Lama, numerous Prime Ministers and Archbishops, and at all the state occasions that have taken place at St Paul’s during his tenure.
Recitals have taken him all over the USA and Europe, including a Royal Festival Hall debut in 2017. Last year, St Paul’s was sold out for his performance of Holst’s The Planets with link-ups to NASA and the International Space Station. Forthcoming work includes two solo tours of the USA.
As a Director, Simon has played an important role in the Cathedral’s ongoing partnerships with leading orchestras in London, conducting many significant works from the repertoire by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bruckner, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Gershwin, Poulenc, Duruflé and Messiaen. Previously he enjoyed a distinguished tenure as Director of St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir, leading them in several highly-acclaimed recordings and tours.
Simon’s advice and analysis is sought worldwide: in 2018 he was a keynote speaker at the Pontificium Consilium de Cultura at the Vatican; he is presently Consultant for the new 4-manual Harrison and Harrison organ in St Jude’s Cathedral, Lagos; and he is on the Academic Board of The Royal College of Organists, for whom he is also an examiner.
Simon has performed with groups such as the LSO, RPO, and The Sixteen, recorded for Decca and Hyperion, been published by OUP and Peters, and worked on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.