Simon Ponsford (countertenor) is an established soloist and recitalist throughout this country and sings with several international ensembles, notably the Monteverdi Choir and The Tallis Scholars. He has been a soloist with choral societies and chamber choirs from across the UK in venues including St John’s Smith Square, Gloucester Cathedral, King’s Place and Westminster Abbey. Simon lives in south London and is a Lay Vicar in the choir of Westminster Abbey; a role that combines daily service singing with performing at significant national occasions, on tours, on radio and television broadcasts, and in concerts both as a member of the choir and as a soloist.
Simon comes from a musical family in Gloucestershire, where he started singing at a young age in Gloucester Cathedral Choir. He went on to study at King’s College, Cambridge, reading for a degree in English Literature whilst being a Choral Scholar in King’s world famous chapel choir.
From Cambridge Simon moved to Windsor Castle to sing in the choir of St George’s Chapel, whilst undertaking a postgraduate MA at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied with Michael Chance and took part in masterclasses given by Ann Murray and Helmut Deutsch. On graduating with Distinction he was awarded the S & M Eyres Wilson Scholarship and a Diploma of the Royal Academy of Music for outstanding performance.
Performance highlights have included taking part in the recent ground-breaking tour of Bach’s Matthäus-Passion performed from memory with the Monteverdi Choir, singing the alto solos in Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium in his home cathedral of Gloucester and giving a performance of cantatas by Buxtehude and Tunder with the Instruments of Time and Truth in the Keble College Early Music Festival.
Simon has had a CD of Elizabethan and Jacobean songs, recorded with his father David playing the organ and virginals, released to great critical acclaim on Nimbus Records.
Simon currently studies with Veronica Veysey-Campbell.