Pianist

Playing piano, accompanying West End & Broadway star Cynthia Erivo, as musical supervisor of Scott Alan Live. IndigO2, London 2013

 

Simon studied piano (with Penny Stirling & John York) at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.

 

Most recently, as a pianist/music director, Simon has had the great honour of collaborating with UK & US stars on a series of legacy concerts. Lorna Luft celebrating her mother, Judy Garland; Hal Cazalet celebrating his step-great grandfather, PG Wodehouse; and Liz Robertson celebrating her late husband, Alan J Lerner.

 

In October 2015 Simon was featured pianist in the orchestra, under Maestro Gareth Valentine, in a gala celebrating the 85th birthday of Stephen Sondheim, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London. He also accompanied (solo piano) Miss Millicent Martin in a featured number.

 

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In April 2015 Simon performed in the Music Room, Aberdeen, Caird Hall, Dundee and Usher Hall, Edinburgh with Tonight from the West End. As featured pianist, alongside the British Sinfonietta, he accompanied Kerry Ellis and Adam Garcia. As solo pianist he performed with Christina Bianco.

In December 2008 Simon played piano, accordion, recorder and provided backing vocals for Maria Friedman in her one-woman act Re-arranged at Trafalgar Studios.

On World AIDS Day 2007, he performed with the legendary Barbara Cook at the London Colliseum, also playing solo piano accompanying Sian Phillips and featured piano with the orchestra for Elaine Paige, having arranged and directed the 50 voice choir from Arts-Ed and the West End for the evening.

 

He has also played piano/keyboards in:-

The Woman In White (Palace, London)

A Chorus Line (Crucible, Sheffield)

Chicago (Adelphi, London and UK Tour)

Miss Saigon (UK Tour)

Les Miserables (Palace, London)

Lautrec (Shaftesbury, London)

Beauty And The Beast (Dominion, London)

Sunday In The Park With George (Haymarket, Leicester)

The Phantom Of The Opera (UK Tour)

Showboat (Prince Edward, London)

Martin Guerre (Prince Edward, London)

Sunset Boulevard (Adelphi, London)

As well as concerts with the BBC Concert Orchestra at Hampton Court Palace and Royal Festival Hall, London.

 

Recordings include:-

Lerner Without Loewe, Liz Robertson (Music Director/pianist)

The Courage of a Dreamer (debut solo album)

Monty Python Live (Almost) (DVD – solo/featured piano)

Simple Thing, Justine Balmer’s debut album (solo/featured piano)

The UK tour ‘live’ cast album of Spamalot (Musical Supervisor/Conductor/keyboards)

The Spark Of Creation, Marjory Watson’s debut album (Musical Director/arranger/pianist/solo and backing vocalist)

Acorn Antiques-The Musical (DVD – Assistant Musical Director/keyboards)

Sunset Blvd (original German cast – Assistant Musical Director/keyboards)

And the demo recordings of Blast! (pianist/backing vocals and It! (Musical Director/pianist).

 

In October 2010 he appeared onstage (solo piano/backing vocals) with Annalene Beechey, performing a tribute to Joni Mitchell as part of the Apollo Victoria Theatre’s 80th Birthday Celebration Gala Concert.

In 2003 he was invited to perform with the American touring company The Best Of Broadway in a series of concerts in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. He played featured solo piano with the orchestra and also performed Sara Lee with a chorus of showgirls!

 

He has also appeared in:-

The Maestro & The Diva… Just Who DO We Think We Are? (Edinburgh)

The Party Of Life (Jermyn Street Theatre, London)

LBT To Broadway (Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield)

Jermyn Street Jewels (Jermyn Street Theatre, London)

West End Show-stoppers (Natural History Museum, London)

Simply Sondheim (The Talk Of London)

 

As well as cabarets at:-

Skibo Castle (Scotland)

Pizza On The Park

The Cafe Royale

Lauderdale House

The Ad Lib Room, Mountbatten Hotel (all London)

and the cabaret room at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone

The Riverside Barn, Surrey

And appearances in Germany, Sweden and Denmark.