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Simon enjoys a diverse career as a conductor, keyboardist and educator. He is Organist & Director of Music at the Carmelite Priory, Kensington, having previously held positions at St Etheldreda’s, Ely Place (Organist 2007-2012) and Westminster Cathedral (Organ Scholar 2006-7). He was educated at Wells Cathedral School as a Specialist Musician with a DfE scholarship before going on to read Music at The University of Manchester.

At the Carmelite Priory, Simon is responsible for restoring the church’s tradition of professional music. An innovative music programmer, during 2016-17 he led Cardoso450, an extended exploration of Portuguese polyphony centred around the 450th anniversary of the birth of the Carmelite composer Frei Manuel Cardoso. The choir’s 2018-19 project places the 18 Masses contained in the Forrest-Heyther Partbooks in the context of Tudor music from other sources.

Simon is Organist & Choral Specialist at St George’s Junior School, Weybridge where, in addition to teaching in the classroom, he coaches the school’s Chamber Choir – formed under his direction – which has toured to Amsterdam, Belgium and Paris. The choir joined the Choir of the Carmelite Priory to sing the closing Mass of the 500th anniversary of the birth of St Teresa of Avila and were finalists in the 2016 Barnardo’s National Choral Competition.

A sideline in typesetting has resulted in the creation of numerous editions of sacred polyphony – an edition most weeks for the Carmelite Priory and frequent work for Westminster Cathedral, including concert programmes and publicity, and an extended collaboration on the Cathedral’s new Vesperale. Simon enjoys the exacting work of typsetting Gregorian Chant, exploring historical tuning temperaments, and single malt Scotch whiskies, sometimes in combination.

© Simon Lloyd 2018