Simon Passmore, Director of Music
Simon Passmore was born in Hexham in 1990 and began piano lessons at the age of seven, studying with Hexham Abbey’s then director of music Michael Haynes and then with Newcastle University’s head of keyboard David Murray.
He has given solo piano recitals at numerous festivals across the UK and has featured as a concerto soloist both in the UK and abroad with orchestras including Young Sinfonia (Northern Sinfonia’s youth counterpart), RNCM’s Brand New Orchestra and Vacation Chamber Orchestra (VaCO).
Simon was Pilling Trust Organ Scholar for 5 years at St. Ann’s Church, Manchester, studying organ with Canon Ronald Frost. He began working as Director of Music at the church in August 2015.
In 2016 Simon completed the repetiteur course at RNCM supported by a full scholarship. His awards whilst an undergraduate included the Alfred Clay Prize for the highest final recital mark, the Christopher Duke prize, the EPTA piano prize, the “Premier Prix Pianos Maene” in Brussels and the Prix Madonna.
Aside from music, Simon is a keen football fan and hopes to see Plymouth Argyle succeed beyond anybody’s reasonable expectations.
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James Hume, Associate Director of Music
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We are always interested to hear from potential organ scholars. Please contact James (above) if you are considering applying for the Pilling Trust Organ Scholarship. For information on this year’s scholarship (deadline 24 September 2021), please read our prospectus.