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Simon Jacobs

Concert Organist

Simon Jacobs is in demand as an organist, conductor and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and Europe. He has given organ concerts at many prestigious venues around the world, including King’s College, Cambridge; Westminster Cathedral; Washington National Cathedral; St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, New York City; and at the Aspen Musical Festival in Colorado. Simon has directed choirs at Truro, Ely, Exeter and Wells Cathedrals in the UK.

 

Simon began his musical education as a chorister at Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, UK under David Briggs and Andrew Nethsingha. In the spring and summer of 2017, he returned to his hometown as Acting Assistant Director of Music at Truro Cathedral, where he accompanied and conducted daily services with the world-renowned Cathedral Choir under the direction of Christopher Gray.

 

Simon was Organ Scholar at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he undertook numerous international tours, broadcasts and recordings, and then spent consecutive years as Organ Scholar of Salisbury Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. 

 

In 2018, Simon moved to Colorado Springs to take up the position of Organist and Choirmaster at Grace and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, directing five choirs and curating the famous Taylor Memorial Concert Series. He has worked with many fine musicians in the area, and has performed three organ concertos – Poulenc, Hindemith (Kammermusik no. 7), and Leighton - with the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs. He is also an on-air radio host at Colorado Springs’ local classical and jazz music stations, KCME 88.7 and Jazz 93.5. At KCME, he presents a number of special programs, such as The King of Instruments, Choral Splendour and The Bach Legacy.

 

Before moving to Colorado, Simon was Director of Music and Organist at St. Thomas’s Episcopal Church, New Haven, CT, and was actively involved in the musical community at Yale University, where he received his Masters in Choral Conducting from the Institute of Sacred Music. He was a rehearsal conductor for the Yale Schola Cantorum under the direction of David Hill, and accompanied numerous university ensembles and vocal students. 

 

In addition to his career as a recitalist, Simon is renowned for his work as a choral accompanist, and has played at such venues as St. Paul's Cathedral, London; Hereford Cathedral; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; and St. John's Cathedral, Denver. He is featured as an organist on CD recordings by the Choir of Christ's College, Cambridge, Salisbury Cathedral, and the Yale Schola Cantorum.

 

Simon has an extensive organ repertoire of over 300 works, with a particular passion for English 19th and 20th century organ music. He is an accomplished improviser, both liturgically and in concert. Simon is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.    

-The American Organist Magazine

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