© Graham Lacdao
As an organist, Simon plays for all the important national services and events that take place at St Paulís; this has included the funeral of Baroness Thatcher and the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen, for which he also arranged some of the music. He is much in demand as a recitalist, having toured extensively in Europe and the United States, and has also worked with such groups as the London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London Mozart Players, City of London Sinfonia, London Baroque and The Cardinallís Musick. Simonís yearly extravaganzas for the Lord Mayorís Show in London have seen the premiere of Guy Bovetís Dick Whittington, and collaborations with Brian Blessed and Jo Brand (in Simonís own arrangement of Prokofievís Peter and the Wolf). In 2008 he gave a performance of Messiaenís La Nativitť as part of the composerís centenary celebrations by the Southbank Centre. And in 2012 he performed when the Dalai Lama received the Templeton Prize at St Paulís.
As a conductor he was responsible for the music at the service commemorating the withdrawal of British armed forces from Iraq, broadcast live on BBC1 in 2009, and has recently conducted the choir of St Paulís together the London Mozart Players in a performance of Bachís St John Passion. Before arriving at St Paulís, he was Director of the St Albans Abbey Girlsí Choir, leading them on several tours and making a number of recordings to widespread critical acclaim.
In 2011 Simon released a DVD about the St Paulís Organ, in which one can Ďappreciate Johnsonís musical sensitivity, and deceptively easy fluency in even the most hair-raising of repertoireí (Choir and Organ); Ďa remarkable demonstration of what is achievable on a DVD recording of an organ concert. The playing sparkles throughoutí (International Record Review), Ďspine-tinglingly sublimeí (Gramophone).
Franck: Symphonic organ works
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Alphabetical listing of all musical works
|Cantabile, M36 (Franck)|
|Epistle Sonata in C major, K336 (Mozart)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Dragoni)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Giovannelli)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Mancini)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Santini)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Soriano)|
|Missa Cantantibus organis (Palestrina/Stabile)|
|Pièce héroïque, M37 (Franck)|
|Symphonic Interlude from Rédemption, M52 (Franck/Roth)|
|Symphony in D minor, M48 (Franck/Johnson)|