The Rev'd Simon Lumby - conductor
Fr. Simon was born in Birmingham in 1970 and studied organ principally with Andrew Fletcher before taking up a place on the Opera Course at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, to study with Robert Alderson.
As a singer, Simon has performed with many of the leading orchestras in this country. Concert appearances have included Handel Messiah at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester and with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Bach St. John Passion for Liverpool Cathedral and Tippett Child of our Time for Manchester Cathedral.
As an organist, Simon has given recitals at the Cathedrals of Hereford, Coventry, and Liverpool. Other organ concerts of note have included a Battle of the Organs with the flamboyant American virtuoso Carlo Curley. In more recent times, Simon has been very involved with the organisation of music for some of the larger church events – such as Stand up for Jesus that featured Simon playing the mighty Father Willis organ at the Royal Albert Hall. Other festivals that have seen Simon playing the organ have included York Minster, Lincoln Cathedral and Norwich Cathedral and he is currently organising two festivals for the Northern Province at the Cathedrals of Wakefield and Ripon.
Simon is now more or less retired from professional music making and in June 2003 was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of the Church of England. He is currently serving as Parish Priest at the Church of Saint Aidan in the Diocese of Leicester. It has been an exciting time for Saint Aidan’s as in 2009 they were celebrating their 50th birthday, the highpoint of which was the visit of the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, who officially opened six months of celebrations on 22nd March. Simon very much enjoys being the conductor of Octave and looks forward to many musical events in his home town of Leicester in the near future.
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