Discovered, aged 18, working alongside legendary vocal coach, Mary Hammond, as a repetiteur for Sir Cameron Mackintosh‘s original production of Miss Saigon, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London, Simon was invited to be a part of the original production of Andrew Lloyd Webber‘s Sunset Boulevard, both at the Adelphi Theatre, London, and it’s European premier in Germany. He made his conducting début in this production, aged 20, as the youngest assistant conductor in musical theatre at the time.
Simon continued to work in the original productions of Disney‘s Beauty and the Beast, The Best of Times with Jerry Herman, Chicago, Charles Aznavour‘s Lautrec, Les Miserables, Martin Guerre, On Your Toes starring Adam Cooper, The Phantom of the Opera, Hal Prince‘s revival of Showboat, and The Woman In White.
Simon conducted performances of Acorn Antiques-The Musical starring Victoria Wood & Julie Walters (Theatre Royal, Haymarket, London), End of the Rainbow starring Tracie Bennett (Trafalgar Studios, London), Les Miserables (1st UK tour), A Little Night Music (Haymarket, Leicester), and Oliver! starring Linzi Hateley (Haymarket, Leicester).
He was Len Cariou‘s vocal coach when Mr Cariou recreated his original title role for the concert performance of Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Stephen Sondheim’s 70th birthday celebrations. Simon also worked with the revival casts of the Donmar Warehouse productions of Merrily We Roll Along and Company for the Sondheim at 80 series, directed by Rob Ashford & Jamie Lloyd, respectively. For Sondheim’s 85th birthday celebrations, Simon performed in the orchestra (at the piano) at Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. He was also featured as a soloist, accompanying Millicent Martin.
As Musical Supervisor/Director, he has lead productions of A Grand Night For Singing (Byre, St Andrews), Elegies For Angels, Punks and Raging Queens (Jermyn Street, London, and tour), The Last 5 Years (Pump House, Watford), Marry Me A Little (Et-cetera, London), Richard O’Brien‘s Rocky Horror Show starring David Bedella (West End & UK tours 2006-10), Silk Stockings – part of the Lost Musicals season (Lilian Baylis, Sadler’s Wells, London), David Leveaux‘s Sinatra (UK tour), Monty Python’s Spamalot starring Marcus Brigstocke & Jodie Prenger (UK tour 2010/11), Victoria Wood’s Talent (Menier Chocolate Factory, London) and West Side Story (50th Anniversary UK tour).
In concert, Simon has been Musical Director/Conductor for a host of stars, including Scott Alan, David Bedella, Stephanie J Block, Hal Cazalet, Andrew Lippa, and Lorna Luft.
As well as conducting his own orchestra in venues such as IndigO2, London, Simon conducted the Orchestra of Contemporary Music of ERT in Athens, performing a concert series with Ramin Karimloo, Stephen Rahman-Hughes & Simon Bailey, and featuring on Dancing On Ice on Greek national television. Also, the Scottish Pops Orchestra with Susan Boyle, Christina Bianco, Lee Mead & Jai McDowall, at Glamis Castle for the Glamis Prom.
He has also performed alongside Maria Friedman, Ruthie Henshall, Elaine Paige and the legendary American singer, Barbara Cook.
In summer 2014, he played solo/featured piano in front of 20,000 people a night at the O2, London in Monty Python Live! (Almost). The last night was also broadcast live, around the world, on television and in cinemas. Simon is also featured on the DVD.
Other television appearances include Gloria Hunniford‘s Open House and The Paul O’Grady Show.
Simon is also an accomplished singer, and has performed with his musicians at many venues throughout the UK, and around the world. His début solo album, The Courage of a Dreamer, was released in October 2015.