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Simon’s interest in rarely performed works has led to invitations to perform concertos by Françaix and Tippett, and to give the first UK performance since 1946 of Medtner’s Piano Concerto No 3. His discography includes works ranging from Brahms and Ravel to Sterndale Bennett, Delius and Parry, while 2019 will see further releases of works by Dyson, Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninov among others.
Callaghan has so far contributed two discs to Hyperion’s series, ‘The Romantic Piano Concerto’, featuring works by Coke, Rheinberger and Scholz with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and conductors Martyn Brabbins and Ben Gernon. Both discs garnered enthusiastic reviews across the press and spent several weeks in the classical charts. The current disc marks Simon’s solo debut for Hyperion.
Simon is also a PhD Researcher at the Royal Northern College of Music, working to bring the oeuvre of Roger Sacheverell Coke into the public domain.
Festival invitations have included Highgate, Whittington and Cervo Chamber Music, collaborating with such artists as Jack Liebeck, Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Thomas Gould and Raphael Wallfisch, and the actors Simon Callow, Timothy and Samuel West, and Prunella Scales. Contemporary music performances have included works by Joseph Phibbs, Julian Anderson and Kenneth Hesketh, and he was recently invited by the Royal College of Music to play Boulez’s Dérive II as part of their ‘Variable Geometry’ series.
Simon puts great value on teaching and is Head of Piano at the Ingenium Academy (Winchester). He also leads courses at Benslow Music and gives regular masterclasses, most recently at Chetham’s School of Music and the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. In addition to his performing schedule, Callaghan is Director of Music at Conway Hall, where he oversees the longest-running chamber music series in Europe.