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Simon studied singing, privately, with Maureen Scott in London.
Simon has performed extensively in cabaret and concert, taking his one man show as solo singer around the world in venues from Jermyn Street, via the USA, to Japan.
A specific website for Simon’s singing career can be found here – reverbnation.com/simonbeck
Most recently, during ‘lockdown’, Simon performed ‘With One Look‘, from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Sunset Blvd, for Musical Marathon, an online event exclusively featuring music directors, produced and hosted by Sam Young.
In February 2020 he performed ‘What Can You Lose?‘ for Sondheim Unplugged. Created and hosted by Phil Geoffrey Bond, and starring Justine Balmer, Hal Cazalet, Lorna Dallas, Sophie-Louise Dann, Robert Meadmore, Liz Robertson, and Jeremy Abram, at The Crazy Coqs, London
In 2016, Simon produced his new concert, For The Love Of …!, at London’s historic, The Pheasantry. Performing, as always, with Julian Kelly (piano) & Nick Walsh (bass).
In 2015, he produced his concert, The Courage of a Dreamer LIVE, at London’s historic, The Pheasantry, celebrating the release of his debut solo album of the same name. Performing with Julian Kelly (piano), Nick Walsh (bass) & Sarah Bowler (cello). With guest performers Rosie Ladkin & Dr Paul Whittaker OBE.
In October 2014 he produced and starred in his 20th Anniversary ‘homecoming’ concert Simon Beck In Concert (Rugby Theatre, Rugby). Guest starring recording artist Justine Balmer, West End star Kim Ismay and Dr Paul Whittaker OBE. Simon performed with his trio of musicians and backing singers, ‘The Awesome Foursome’.
Dr Paul Whittaker OBE invited Simon to perform as a special guest soloist at the 25th Anniversary Celebration concert for ‘Music And The Deaf’ (Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Conservatoire).
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!
The Courage Of A Dreamer (Jermyn Street Theatre, London)
An Evening With Simon Beck (Jazz On Top, Osaka, Japan)
For The Love Of…! (Lauderdale House, London; main stage of the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester; cabaret room at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone and Jermyn Street Theatre, London)
Sunday In The Cellar With Simon Beck (‘The Cellar’, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield)
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)
Sing Out Louise (Elgiva Theatre, Chesham)
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, London
The Cafe Royale, London
Lauderdale House, London
The Ad Lib Room, Mountbatten Hotel, London
The cabaret room at the Hazlitt Theatre, Maidstone
The Riverside Barn, Surrey
and appearances in Germany, Sweden and Denmark.
Simon was Len Cariou‘s vocal coach when Mr Cariou recreated the title role for the concert performance of Sweeney Todd at the Royal Festival Hall as part of Stephen Sondheim‘s 70th birthday celebrations.
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.
The Courage of a Dreamer (debut solo album)
The Spark Of Creation (Marjory Watson’s debut album – Musical Director, arranger, pianist, solo and backing vocalist)
Selections from Sondheim’s Marry Me A Little, and Maltby & Shire’s Closer Than Ever with brand new orchestrations (solo vocalist)
Company Man by Barney Milner (duet with Simon Bailey/ensemble vocals)
Blast! by Benjamin Till (pianist/backing vocals)
UFO by Michael Roets (solo vocalist)
If you’d like to book a vocal coaching session with Simon, please see vocal coaching