Simon was born in Buxton in 1957, and following success as a treble soloist in the North West became a chorister at Peterborough Cathedral under the legendary Dr Stanley Vann. After reading English Language and Medieval Literature at Durham University, where he was a Cathedral choral scholar, Simon embarked upon a teaching career principally in the south of England, and sang in several cathedral choirs. Upon retirement from teaching he joined Leicester Cathedral Choir just in time to take part in the remarkable Richard III reinterment ceremonies. His interest in composition began at Peterborough where he directed a performance of one of his own choral pieces in the cathedral whilst still a boy chorister. Subsequently Simon’s music has been widely published, performed, recorded and broadcast: for instance his anthem Come, praise the saints, for choir, organ and 3 trumpets was conducted by John Scott in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and his well-known Candlelight Carol featured in Lesley Garrett’s television series Christmas Voices. Simon has also been a regular contributor to various musical and literary magazines, and has written widely on diverse aspects of music, language and literature. Poetry Of The Peak, a selection of Simon’s poetry celebrating the Peak District, was published by Austin Macauley in November 2019; and three CDs featuring Simon’s music have been recently released: The Beatific Vision, for Herald (sacred choral music) and, both on the Heritage label, Hush Little Child (Christmas carols) and a recording of his Song Cycles for soprano and baritone.