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“...enjoy the effortlessly beautiful voice of Counter-Tenor, Simon Ponsford...”Brilliant Bach, Birmingham Bach Choir - Paul Spicer - reviewsgate.com, Paul Gray
“...Lucid-toned countertenor Simon Ponsford sought out the isolated heart of He Was Despised...”Messiah, Westminster Abbey conductor James O'Donnell - George Hall, The Guardian
“...countertenors Tim Morgan and Simon Ponsford (who both nearly stole the show, Ponsford in ‘’Tis Nature’s Voice’ and Morgan with David Blackadder’s valveless Baroque trumpet in Handel’s ‘Eternal Source of Light Divine’)...”London: Court, Theatre & Cathedral, Director John Hancorn - Andrew Connal, Latest Brighton
"Mr. Ponsford reaches the pinnacle of his achievements on this disc in ‘In darkness let me dwell,’ in which his ethereal tone—not so much the voice of a broken artist as of threatened Art itself—illuminates the melody with an autumnal radiance. Uttered with the simplicity of a soul that can perceive no other resolution, the statements of ‘O let me living, living die’ pass from the hearts of the composer and singer into that of the listener."CD REVIEW: TIME STANDS STILL - Joseph Newsome - Voix des Arts.com
".....Full fathom five, a song that brings the best from Simon Ponsford with long pure lines in this, another beautifully simple setting and Come, heavy sleep where this countertenor shows his pure beauty of voice with a natural character that gives such a Jacobean period sound to his voice. Time does indeed stand still......"CD REVIEW: TIME STANDS STILL - Bruce Reader, The Classical Reviewer
"On Jehovah and the real king’s side came two memorable performances: Abner, the loyal Captain of the Guard (Nicholas Morton, bass) and Josabeth’s loyal ally, the priest Joad (Simon Ponsford, countertenor). Joad’s first aria, gentle and pathos-ridden, with lovely, almost chromatically building strings, made an exquisite start. He plays a substantial role, at times almost like a narrator. “Jerusalem, thou shalt no more” had an especially delicious, unusual orchestral prelude; “What sacred horrors” acquired an unnerving, eerie feel. Ponsford’s voice was pure delight: warmly coloured, rich in character, displaying poignancy, concern, and marked wisdom, too."Athalia, Handel - The Oxford Bach Choir, conductor Benjamin Nicholas July 2019 - Roderick Dunnett - The Church Times
Simon Ponsford is a soloist and recitalist, and he sings with several international ensembles, most frequently with the Monteverdi Choir and The Tallis Scholars. He has been a soloist with choral societies and chamber choirs from across the UK and abroad in venues including St John’s Smith Square, King’s Place, Westminster Abbey and Hong Kong City Hall. Simon is a Lay Vicar in the choir of Westminster Abbey; a role that combines daily service singing with performing at significant national occasions, on radio and television broadcasts, and in concerts both as a member of the choir and as a soloist.
Coming from a musical family in Gloucestershire, Simon 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 and spent five years singing in the choir of St George’s Chapel, before moving to Westminster Abbey in 2013.
Whilst at Windsor, Simon undertook 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, giving a performance of cantatas by Buxtehude and Tunder with the Instruments of Time and Truth in the Keble College Early Music Festival, and making his international solo debut singing Handel’s Israel in Egypt with the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Simon has also had a CD of Elizabethan and Jacobean songs, recorded with his father David playing the organ and virginals, released to critical acclaim on Nimbus Records.
For Oratorio and concert repertoire please scroll down:
|Oratorio and concert rep|
|Bach J.S.||B Minor Mass|
|A Major Mass|
|G Minor Mass|
|St John Passion|
|St Mark Passion|
|St Matthew Passion|
|Israel in Egypt|
|Haydn||Maria Theresa Mass|
|Ode for St Cecilia’s Day|
|The Fairy Queen|
|Tunder||Salve mi Jesu|