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Accompanist

Our Accompanist is Simon Russell.

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Simon was born in Liverpool. He studied organ at Birkenhead School with Timothy Lawford and then at Cambridge as Organ Scholar at St. Catharines’s College, where he continued studies with Gillian Weir and the late Peter Le Huray.

After Cambridge he was appointed Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral but decided after a while to keep music as a hobby and gain fortune from computer keyboards.

He was firstly accompanist and then Musical Director of the Hoylake Choral Society from 1982 until he moved, in 2000, to Nantwich where he has been the Organist at St Mary’s Parish Church since 2006. He has also accompanied the Nantwich Singers on many occasions and directed them when their normal Musical Director is absent. He is also in demand as an organ, piano and music theory tutor and has many Associated Board and other pupil distinctions and diploma successes to his credit.

Since May 2014 he has been a full-time professional freelance musician and as well as being accompanist to Nantwich Choral Society he is also accompanist to the Jubilate Chamber Choir based in Cheltenham. He performs organ recitals in churches, abbeys and cathedrals around the country.

Simon follows Andrew Mildinhall as only the choir’s third accompanist in its history. After many years of sterling service Andrew has moved back to his roots in Norfolk. We were delighted to welcome Simon as our new accompanist in September 2010. Simon is an organist of the highest calibre and is sure to continue the tradition of first class organ playing at our concerts.