Simon Hogan is the Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster, having previously served as Organ Scholar at St Paul's Cathedral.
Born and educated in Bristol, Simon has been passionate about cathedral music since becoming a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. There, as a young boy, he spent four years singing three weekly choral services, touring, recording, and nurturing his increasing interest in the organ; this culminated in him becoming the church’s first Organ Student at the age of 16. Whilst still at school Simon became Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, and was subsequently awarded the organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral. During his year in Salisbury, Simon regularly accompanied the cathedral choir, gave recitals on the renowned Willis organ, and worked in the Cathedral School.
Upon leaving Salisbury, Simon took up a scholarship to read Music at the Royal College of Music, where he subsequently graduated with first class honours. During this time he studied with David Graham, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and Robert Quinney, and held posts at Ealing Abbey, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, and King's College, London. In July 2011 Simon took up the organ scholarship at St Paul’s Cathedral where, in addition to regularly giving recitals and accompanying the world-famous choir, he performed at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Simon moved to Southwell in September 2012 to take up his current position at the Cathedral, where his duties include playing for the daily routine of services, assisting in the training of the choristers, organising the monthly series of concerts in the Great Hall, and directing The Minster Chorale, the Cathedral's chamber choir.
As a recitalist, Simon has performed a wide and varied repertoire in venues around the UK, including the cathedrals of Hereford, Westminster and Truro, Westminster Abbey, St Martin-in-the-Fields, and St John’s College, Cambridge. He has also given recitals on two successive congresses with the Incorporated Association of Organists. Future commitments include recitals in St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Southwell Minster, and a commercial recording of the Masses of Vierne and Langlais in Sées Cathedral.