Simon Bell, Director of Schola Cantorum
Simon Bell is Director of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School and Director of Choral Music and Organist at Dean Close School.
Prior to this he was Assistant Director of Music at Winchester Cathedral, and also held posts at Southwell Minster, Westminster Abbey and St Albans Cathedral. Simon is a graduate of Leeds University and the Royal College of Music where he studied for a post graduate degree in Organ Performance. Simon was a prize winner at the coveted St Albans International Organ Festival in 2001 and 2005, and is also a past Limpus Prize winner in the FRCO Diploma Examination. He is a former holder of the WT 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 made three solo recordings to date.
His post at Winchester Cathedral included working with all the Cathedral choirs and accompanying them in the daily round of services, recordings, broadcasts and tours. During this time he was also accompanist to the Waynflete Singers in Winchester and taught the organ for Southampton University and Winchester College. He has also tutored numerous choral groups of varying sizes and is looking forward to working with the Dean Close Choral Society.