Musical Director

Simon Berridge

Simon has sung with many of the leading British choral groups and after 33 years has recently stepped down as a regular member of the world-renowned ensemble The Sixteen.  He has toured and worked with various European ensembles including Collegium Vocale of Gent and Les Arts Florissants and has sung in many parts of the world.

Having grown up in Hertfordshire, Simon received a choral scholarship and studied music at Trinity College, Cambridge.   He then completed post graduate studies at the Royal College of Music in London.  Following his studies, Simon sand with the BBC singers where he first met Harry Christophers, founder and conductor of The Sixteen.

Simon has recorded estensively with various groups.  His most recent solo recording was singing the part of Corydon in The Sixteen's recording of Acis and Galatea which he toured with The Sixteen just before the pandemic began.

Simon conducted his first choir when he was 16 years old.  Since then, as well as teaching singing, he has managed to direct a number of choirs whilst still maintaining his busy singing career.  Now that he has stepped down from his singing career, he is focusing more on conducting and he directs five choirs.  However, like many of his professional singing colleagues, Simon decided to pursue something different during the pandemic and qualified as a personal and executive coach helping leaders to find their voice in the board room and to make an impact in their various working spheres and organisations.

Simon is still deeply involved with The Sixteen's educational programme leading choral workshops around the country.  He is also part of the tutorial team for  The Sixteen's training scheme for young musiciains known as The Genesis Sixteen.

Simon lives in bedfordshire with his wife Rachel and the youngest of their four children.  When he is not working, he enjoys touring the countryside in their caravan.
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