Simon Limbrick’s involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education. He was a member of the cult systems orchestra The Lost Jockey and Man Jumping, recording for EG Editions, Virgin Records and creating scores for leading dance companies. As a percussionist, he has performed all over the world with most of UK’s leading ensembles and recorded with artists such as Alabama3, Gavin Bryars, Heaven 17, Pete Lockett and for labels, Blue Note Records and ECM. He has premiered many new pieces and commissions, many composed for him, including works by Javier Alvarez, Brian Elias, Vic Hoyland, Philip Cashian, Andrew Poppy, Howard Skempton, James Dillon, Frederic Rzewski, Claude Vivier, Thea Musgrave, Harry de Wit, Michael Wolters and Ed Kelly. He has created nine solo CDs, the most recent being Music by Rise and Fall and they are frequently broadcast and available on well-known download sites.
A 24 hour piece created in collaboration with the composer James Saunders, surfaces, was premiered in the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2011 and broadcast as a live web-stream. He was part of the Aldeburgh Music’s Artistic Development programme, Course Director and Artistic Director of the Sonic Arts Series at the University of East Anglia. He is currently performing and recording with Apartment House, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and notes inegales in the UK and internationally. In 2013, Simon performs and leads children participating in Britten’s celebrations at Snape, Aldeburgh and is in-residence at the Yehudi Menuhin School. A double CD of contemporary steel-pan music, Shine, is being released in early 2013.
Simon’s favourite memories of playing with BCMG are: performing the Ligeti Piano Concerto with pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, conducted by Simon Rattle, at the Concergebouw, Amsterdam for live television broadcast; and rehearsing and performing the first performances of Concerto Conciso with Tom Adès, as one of the first musical events in the newly opened CBSO Centre.