Conductors

Simon Over

Simon Over Simon Over studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire and Royal Academy of Music and read music at Oxford University. From 1992 to 2002 Simon was a member of the music staff of Westminster Abbey, and Director of Music at both St Margaret's Church and the Chapel of St. Mary Undercroft in the Palace of Westminster.

Co-founder and Music Director of the Southbank Sinfonia, he has conducted the orchestra in a range of performances and projects in venues across the UK and Europe. Recently Simon conducted the orchestra in the 2009 and 2010 productions at the National Theatre of ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ by Tom Stoppard and Andre Previn.

He has performed with many great artists including Sir Thomas Allen, Dame Felicity Lott, Dame Emma Kirkby, Sir Willard White and Sir James Galway. Recent projects include conducting the Southbank Sinfonia in two CD recordings, with cellist Raphael Wallfisch and tenor Andrew Kennedy.

He is the Founder-Conductor of the Parliament Choir, Director of Music of the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir and Artistic Director of the Anghiari Festival in Tuscany. He also works closely with Samling, based in north-east England, in its work with young singers. Simon is guest conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra in Hong Kong and of the Southern Sinfonia in New Zealand.

Nicholas O'Neill

Nicholas O’Neill was born in Cheltenham, and educated at The King’s School, Gloucester, and subsequently at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was Organ Scholar. He currently lives in London, where he works as a composer, performer, conductor and lecturer.

In 1992 he was unanimously awarded the Norwich Festival Composition Prize, Nicholas O’Neill [photo: Deryc Sands] subsequently winning the Gregynog Young Composers’ Award and sharing the Barbara Johnstone Composition Prize, while he has been shortlisted for the Cornelius Cardew, Purcell, Oare String Orchestra, William Mathias and Vocalis composition awards, and his music has been performed at the Leeds Festival of Contemporary Music, and the Norwich and London Festivals of Contemporary Church Music. Recent premières include 'Of All Persons and Estates' for the Parliament Choir, broadcast on Classic FM, and 'Mermaid' for Surrey Arts. In August this year he was awarded the 2012 American Guild of Organists-Marilyn Mason Award for Organ Composition.

Formerly Head of Musical Techniques at Trinity College of Music, Organist of Brighton College and St. George's Cathedral, Southwark, Nick is Associate Music Director of the Occam Singers, Chorus Master of the Parliament Choir and the Malcolm Sargent Festival Choir, President of Cantores Salicium and Associate Director of Music at St. Mary Abbots, Kensington. He also lectures for Birkbeck College, University of London. Nick is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and an Honorary Fellow of the Academy of Saint Cecilia, on whose advisory panel he sits. He is the Academy's first Composer in Residence, and in July 2011 was appointed to the same post with the Parliament Choir.

By night Nick is keyboardist with rock band JEBO, who have recently released their "stellar" second album, 'Settle Up Or Settle Down', described as "genuinely ingenious...undeniably brilliant" by Venue magazine. This and their critically acclaimed first album 'Sinking Without You' are available from iTunes and Amazon.

Nick's website is at www.nicholasoneill.com