Simon Bell appointed new Director of Schola Cantorum

Simon Bell will succeed Benjamin Nicholas who is moving to Merton College, Oxford to take up the position of Organist and Director of Music.

Simon Bell has been Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral since September 2008, where he regularly directs the internationally acclaimed Cathedral Choir, as well as acting as their principal accompanist in services, concerts, and on recordings and broadcasts. He is the Co-director of Winchester Cathedral Girl Choristers, Assistant Conductor and Repetiteur of the Waynflete Singers, and has been Guest Conductor of Southern Voices. Simon graduated from the University of Leeds with first class honours and holds a postgraduate degree from the Royal College of Music. He previously held posts at Southwell Minster, Westminster Abbey and St Albans Cathedral.

Simon has pursued an active career as an Organist. He was a prizewinner at the coveted St Albans International Organ Festival in 2001 and 2005, and also won the Limpus Prize in the FRCO examinations in 1997. He is a former holder of the W T Best memorial Organ Scholarship, awarded by the Worshipful Company of Musicians, and studied the organ with Gordon Stewart, Margaret Phillips and Ben van Oosten. He maintains a busy schedule of solo organ recitals and has recorded three solo CDs to date.

During his time at Southwell, Simon founded the Minster Girls’ Choir, and also directed the Cathedral’s voluntary choir, the Minster Chorale. Simon also worked extensively with amateur choral ensembles in the area; he was Musical Director of Grantham Choral Society and the Lincoln Chorale and also Accompanist to Nottingham Harmonic Society.

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