Simon Lawford 1991 - 1992
1977-1980 Organ Scholar, Magdalen College, Oxford
1980-1986 Assistant Organist, Peterborough Cathedral
1986-1990 Assistant Organist, Christ Church, Oxford
1990-1991 Organist, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles
1991-1992 Organist, St Silas the Martyr, Kentish Town
1992-1994 Organist and Director of Music, Hampstead Parish Church
1994 - Director of Music, St Georgesís Cathedral, Perth, Australia
Simon Lawford received his early musical training as a chorister at St Paulís Cathedral, London, from Dr Christopher Dearnley. In 1977 he won the organ scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied under Dr Bernard Rose.
In 1980, he was appointed Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral, and in 1986 moved to Christ Church, Oxford, as Assistant to Stephen Darlington. Together with this choir, and as soloist, he took part in numerous performances for BBC radio and TV, as well as recordings and concerts throughout France, Belgium, Holland, Italy, Scandinavia, Canada and USA. Following a year in France as Organist at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, he was appointed Director of Music at Hampstead Parish Church, where he instituted an important series of concerts and recitals. During this time he worked with the London Philharmonic Choir, the City of London Sinfonia, the Hanover Band, the Oxford Bach Choir, and the St EndellionFestival.
In January 1994, he took up his present appointment as Organist and Director of Music at St Georgeís Cathedral, Perth. He also directs St Georgeís Baroque Consort, specialising in the authentic performance of early music. This group has been widely acclaimed for its outstanding concerts featuring a wide variety of repertoire, including the first ever performances to use period instruments in WA of Handelís Messiah and Bachís St John Passion. He is in constant demand throughout WA as a recitalist, conductor and continuo player. He has performed the complete Ď48í Preludes and Fugues of J. S. Bach at a series of recitals in St Georgeís Cathedral and was broadcast by the ABC as soloist with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in Poulencís Organ Concerto.