Simon Johnson


Simon JohnsonSimon Johnson is the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, leading the wide-ranging organ-programme, accompanying the world-famous choir and directing the Cathedral Consort.

Simon has been involved in all the national occasions that have taken place at St Paul’s since his appointment in 2008, including the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher, the Grenfell Tower Memorial Service and the Diamond Jubilee and 90th birthday celebrations of Her Majesty the Queen.  He can be heard as both soloist and accompanist at St Paul’s on recordings for Hyperion and Decca labels and is the only organist to have sold out St Paul’s for an organ concert – a performance last year of Holst’s The Planets with link-ups to NASA and the International Space Station.

Outside of St Paul’s, Simon enjoys a diverse and busy freelance schedule.  Recitals have taken him all over Europe and the USA, as well as to Africa, Russia and many of the premier venues in the UK, including the Royal Festival Hall for his debut in 2017.  He has performed with groups such as the LSO, RPO, and The Sixteen and worked with Wes Anderson on the Oscar, Bafta and Grammy award-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.  Forthcoming work includes two solo tours of the USA, also recitals in the Frauenkirche, Dresden and the Berliner Dom.  His advice is sought worldwide: in 2018 was a keynote speaker at the Pontificium Consilium de Cultura at the Vatican, he is presently Consultant for the new 4-manual Harrison and Harrison organ in St Jude’s Cathedral, Lagos, and he is on the Academic Board of The Royal College of Organists, for whom he is also an examiner.

As a Director, Simon became well-known through his work with the St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir, leading them in several highly-acclaimed recordings and tours.  As part of the Cathedral’s ongoing partnerships with leading orchestras in London he has conducted many significant works from the repertoire by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Bruckner, Saint-Saëns, Strauss, Gershwin, Poulenc, Duruflé and Messiaen.

He has taken part in the premières of works by many of the world’s leading composers and his own works have been published by OUP and Peters. Visit simonjohnsonmusician.com.