A graduate from the Royal College of Music, Simon Hogan is currently a freelance musician in the London area, having spent over a decade working as conductor and organist in some of England’s most celebrated choral foundations.
Simon’s musical life began when he became a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. During this time he started learning the piano and organ, and developed a passion for cathedral music which has stayed with him to this day. Following organ scholarships at the cathedrals of Bristol and Salisbury, he moved to London in 2008 to study organ performance at the Royal College of Music, where he subsequently graduated with first class honours. During his final year at the RCM Simon became Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral, where he regularly accompanied and directed the world-famous choir, and gave recitals on the renowned Willis organ. In 2012 Simon moved to Southwell, Nottinghamshire, where he spent seven years as Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster. Here he directed the Minster’s girls’ choir and the Minster Chorale, and played the organ for all services, recordings, tours and broadcasts. In 2019 Simon spent a term as Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, before becoming freelance in 2020.
Simon is a frequent recitalist, having studied organ performance with Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin, Daniel Cook, David Graham, Robert Quinney and Colin Walsh; recent venues include Durham Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and – as part of the Southwell Music Festival – Southwell Minster. Simon is the principal organist for JAM, an organisation which commissions and performs new music for brass, organ and choir by leading contemporary composers, and is organist for the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. His solo organ CD from Southwell Minster is currently available as part of the ‘Great European Organs’ series from Priory.