Tuesday, March 27, 2012 7:30 PM, Jacoby Symphony Hall
Simon Thomas Jacobs, winner of the 2010 Albert Schweitzer Organ Competition, is Fellow in Sacred Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Indianapolis, where he assists in the direction and administration of the Cathedral’s busy music program, including the accompanying and conducting of its choirs, as well as the running of its highly‐regarded concert and organ recital series.
Prior to this appointment, Simon was Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Greenwich, Connecticut where he was principle organist for all liturgies (including the church’s centennial celebrations in the presence of Archbishop Desmond Tutu) and worked closely with the Choir of Men and Boys, the St Cecilia Choir of Girls and the Christ Church Singers. In July 2010, Simon accompanied the St Cecilia Choir of Girls on a highly successful tour to England where they sang a week of services in Exeter Cathedral and evensong at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
A native of Great Britain, Simon spent a year as organ scholar at All Saints’ Margaret Street – an historic Anglo-Catholic parish in London’s West End – before taking up the position of organ scholar at Clare College, University of Cambridge where he graduated with an honors degree in music in June 2009. During this time Simon accompanied and assisted in the direction of the internationally-renowned chapel choir both at home and abroad. Performance highlights with the choir included concerts as part of the Salzburg Music Festival, Munich Opera Festival and the London, Innsbruck and Potsdam Early Music Festivals as well as several commercial CD recordings. On Remembrance Sunday, 2007, Simon accompanied the choir on a live broadcast of Choral Evensong for BBC Radio 3 and during the Christmas season of 2008 played for the world première performance and BBC recording (and subsequent broadcast) of Sir John Tavener’s Christmas Sequence, Ex Maria Virgine.
Henry and Lucy Gooding Foundation