Simon Gray

Conductor/Musical Director

Simon studied piano, singing and conducting at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. He has worked as a conductor/musical director in all aspects of the theatre from cabaret to opera as well as on the concert platform including venues such as The Royal Festival Hall, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, St John’s Smith Square and The Royal Albert Hall.

In opera he has held positions as Artistic & Musical Director with Regency Opera and English Festival Opera and has also made guest conducting appearances with European Chamber Opera and English Country Garden Opera.

In the world of musical theatre Simon has musically directed many national tours and West End runs including SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS (Prince of Wales Theatre) THE HOBBITT (Queens Theatre) and FROM LOVE TO DECAY (Jermyn Street Theatre) and worked with HINGE & BRACKET in several proms concerts, as well as pantomime every Christmas working with such names as Matthew Kelly, Ron Moody, Dora Bryan, Sandra Dickinson, Peter Duncan, Lynda Barron and Millicent Martin.

In his spare time (!), Simon runs his own professional company, MUSIC THEATRE 2000, and produces several productions of operas and musicals as well as numerous concerts every year. In 2007 Simon conducted a Gala Concert with a host of stars at the Theatre Royal in Brighton to celebrate the 200th Birthday of the theatre. In 2008 he was invited to Norway as choir master on board the MS Midnatsol and returned there in January 2009.

He has recently conducted SUOR ANGELICA and PAGLIACCI for Southwick Opera, MY FAIR LADY for Brighton Theatre Group and THE MIKADO starring Rosie Ashe and Fenton Gray. Future plans include THE MERRY WIDOW, THE MAGIC FLUTE, MADAMA BUTTERFLY, Disney’s BEAUTY & THE BEAST and HAIRSPRAY as well as numerous concerts and cabarets.

Paula Scott Rob Piatt Laura Harrington Mike McKenzie Karen Orchin James Harrington Mel Perry Mark Yexley Simon Gray