Simon Hogan is currently the acting Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, having spent seven years as Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster.
Born and educated in Bristol, Simon has been passionate about cathedral music since becoming a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. While still at school he was Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, and he subsequently became Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral.
Upon leaving Salisbury, Simon took up a scholarship to read music at the Royal College of Music, where he graduated with first class honours. During this time he studied with David Graham, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and Robert Quinney, and held posts at Ealing Abbey, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, King’s College London and St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2012 Simon moved to Southwell Minster to take up the role of Assistant Director of Music. There he was responsible for playing the organ at all Cathedral Choir events, which included several national broadcasts, international tours, concerts with the City of London Sinfonia, and a variety of commercial recordings. Simon was also responsible for the Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir, with whom he recorded, broadcast and toured, and for the Minster Chorale, the cathedral’s adult voluntary choir. Within his time in Southwell he spent three terms as acting Director of Music, where he assumed responsibility for the running of the entire music department and directed a number of high-profile services, including the installation of a new Dean.
Simon left Southwell in 2019 to pursue a freelance career in London and is currently the acting Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. He is also the principal organist for JAM, an organisation which commissions and performs new music for brass, organ and choir by the leading composers of today. Having released his first solo CD back in 2015, Simon is in demand as a solo recitalist, with recent venues including Durham Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, and Southwell Minster, as part of the 2019 Southwell Music Festival.