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 journey began as a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, and, following organ scholarships at Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals he took up a scholarship at the Royal College of Music. On graduating with first class honours in 2012, Simon moved to Southwell where he spent seven years as Assistant Director of Music at the Minster. During this time 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.