Interspersed by a career working in Information Technology within the high-powered financial industry, Jersey-born Tenor Simon Billot realised his affinity for music when he was awarded an entrance scholarship to study with Peter Alexander Wilson at the Royal Northern College of Music. Having recently graduated with 1st Class Honours, he previously studied with Jane Highfield who encouraged him to pursue his dream. The catalyst was the presentation of the esteemed Senior Vocal Prize at the Jersey Eisteddfod, from which Simon became well known for his vibrant solo performances.
Simon has been privileged to take part in masterclasses with Ryland Davies, Lynne Dawson, Christopher Purves and Susan Roper as well as several valuable sessions with the vivacious Nicky Spence. He was also delighted to receive a commendation from Linda Richardson in the RNCM James Martin Oncken Song Prize in 2015.
Experience as a stage performer has been harnessed with chorus roles in The Merry Widow and L’elisir d’amore, as well as spirited portrayals in the opera scenes of Le nozze di Figaro (Basilio), HMS Pinafore (Ralph Rackstraw) and The Sorcerer (Alexis). His passion for the musical theatre genre has been developed with roles in Call Me Madam (Kenneth Gibson), Babes in Arms (Valentine White) and Kiss Me Kate (Paul). Most recently he played the Pastor in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.
Simon was delighted to be the guest soloist with the William Byrd Singers of Manchester and the King Edward Musical Society of Macclesfield. With chamber music and large choral settings also under his belt, he was enchanted to sing alongside The King’s Singers and was a proud member of the RNCM Opera Chorus, Chamber Choir, Symphony Chorus and Men’s Chorus. One performance of noted interest was the magnificent Gurrelieder by Schoenberg conducted by the lively Edward Gardner at the Grieghallen. Simon’s interest in exploring new music has also resulted in premieres of exciting chamber compositions by Aaron Breeze, Daniel Lim and Tom Harrold.
Simon’s enthusiasm for music education and outreach led him to becoming a vocal coach at Blackburn Cathedral and working as a dynamic animator with the Cathedral’s ‘Sing Together’ Outreach Project. Additional project work includes leading community and children’s choirs as well as assisting with coaching in choral societies.