Simon Russell

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Professional freelance organist based in South Cheshire

Simon was born in Liverpool. He studied organ at Birkenhead School with Timothy Lawford and then at Cambridge as Organ Scholar at St. Catharine’s College, where he continued studies with Gillian Weir and the late Peter Le Huray. After Cambridge he was appointed Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral but decided after a while to keep music as a hobby and gain fortune from computer keyboards. He was firstly accompanist and then Music Director of the Hoylake Choral Society from 1982 until he moved, in 2000, to Nantwich where he is Organist at St Mary’s Parish Church. He is an annual recitalist at Bangor and Chester Cathedrals and is on the 'reserve' organist list playing for visiting choirs and covering holiday periods and other absences. He is also in demand as an organ, piano and theory tutor and has many Associated Board and other pupil distinctions and diploma successes to his credit. Since May 2014, he has been a full-time professional freelance musician and as well as being accompanist to the Nantwich Choral Society, he is also accompanist to the Jubilate Chamber Choir, based in Cheltenham. Simon is also an examiner for the London College of Music and the Regional Coordinator for the North of England for the Royal School of Church Music

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform with backing tracks
Classical, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music
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Event types:
Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Concert, Recording session
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Other skills:
Fluent sight-reader, Examiner
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From customers:

Nantwich P, 2 years ago

Very fortunate to have the resources of our gifted accompanist, Simon Russell

Nantwich S, 1 year ago

Very fortunate to have the resources of our gifted accompanist, Simon Russell