‘Congratulations to your conductor - he knows you well and just how to get the best out of you.’ (Harry Christophers - The Sixteen)
Simon Fidler is a choral conductor based in the north east of England. Educated in Newcastle upon Tyne and Sheffield, Simon is the music director and founder of Voices of Hope, the award winning chamber choir. With premiere performances of new works by Agustin Fernandez, Ian Stephenson, Kathryn Tickell and John Kefala Kerr, and collaborations with Sage Gateshead, Northern Chords and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, the choir has become one of the most sought after in the UK.
In 2015 Simon has prepared the chorus of Royal Northern Sinfonia for performances of Beethoven’s ninth symphony with Nicholas McGegan and Queen Symphony with Tolga Kashif. Later this year he will prepare choruses for a new opera collaboration between Music in the Minster and Sunderland Football Club (written by David Almond and Marcos Fernandez) and for a commission from Durham Council for new choral works to commemorate World War 1.
Simon is one of three British musicians involved in Singing Cities, and worked throughout Europe in 2014/15 to work with other conductors, performers and composers on schemes to make singing accessible to all. Simon trains six choirs across the different singing programmes at Sage Gateshead, Sunderland University Choir and is a regular guest conductor with the University of Newcastle Symphony Orchestra and All Saints Choir, Gosforth. He has also directed Leeds College of Music Choral Society, Lemington Male Voice Choir and the university choirs of Northumbria and Newcastle. Whilst an undergraduate Simon also founded Newcastle Sinfonietta, a chamber orchestra intended to bring student musicians together with players from the wider musical community.
Simon’s Come and Sing days are in demand - he delivers them regularly for Sage Gateshead, 20,000 Voices and U3A and this year for Leeds College of Music and the West Cumberland Choral Society.
Simon was nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship 2015, for choral conducting. He is a Lay Clerk at Newcastle cathedral and studies singing with Alison Barton and Rebecca Coulson. This year he is studying choral conducting with Peter Broadbent.