Simon Birchall was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and then a postgraduate student at the Guildhall School of Music in London. His teachers were John Carol Case and Bryan Drake.
Simon’s performances of Bach’s Passions, especially in the London Handel Festival, have been received with much critical acclaim. His repertoire includes the great Romantic choral works, but he has also performed a wide variety of contemporary music, particularly as a member of the BBC Singers from 2000-2008. During his solo career he has sung for Richard Hickox, John Eliot Gardiner and Trevor Pinnock and has made regular oratorio appearances throughout the country. His membership of several vocal consorts, including the close harmony group ‘The Light Blues’, has enabled him to travel widely, singing in places as far afield as Japan, Malaysia and East Africa. Operatic engagements have included a tour of Britten’s Albert Herring and staged performances of Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and King Arthur in London and Lisbon.
Solo recordings include Monteverdi’s Vespers, Handel’s Israel in Egypt and Buxtehude’s Membra Jesu Nostri with Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Simon Preston and the Choir of Westminster Abbey and music by Purcell for both Harry Christophers and Martin Neary.
Simon also teaches singing and particularly enjoys preparing talented pupils for university choral awards.
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