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Simon McEnery

Vocal Tutor

Simon McEnery is a tenor, and he studied singing at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He also has an MA in Musicology from Southampton University.

 

As a singer, he has sung across Europe, including ENO, WNO, Paris (Châtelet), Oper Frankfurt, De Vlaamse Oper Antwerp and Ghent, Opéra de la Lorraine, Nancy, Garsington and Grange Park. He sings sing fairly regularly with WNO, having sung now in Cav & Pag, Meistersinger, Aida, Parsifal, Khovanschina, Fliegende Holländer, William Tell, Moses und Aron, Alexander Nevsky, Tristan und Isolde, Fidelio, Otello, Lohengrin, Turandot, Don Carlos, and Mazepa.

At Grange Park, he also appeared in South Pacific (directed by Craig Revel-Horwood) and Wonderful Town.

With his actor/singer colleague Audrey Palmer, and her husband David Rhind-Tutt on piano, he has collaborated on two revues, It's De-Lovely!, a celebration of Novello, Coward, Porter and Gershwin, and a show based around the songs of the First World War, Keep The Home Fires Burning. ('Simon is a fine tenor... I very much enjoyed his controlled 'Every Time We Say Goodbye'... The audience were clearly enchanted by this charming evening.’ - Hereford Times on Keep The Home Fires Burning.)

Simon is also a composer, having written for several theatre pieces, including The Caucasian Chalk Circle, and The Way of the Cross in Salisbury twice. He has also also written quite a lot of choral music, including some for Salisbury Cathedral Choir, over 200 songs (a collection of which are published by Red Rust Music Ltd.), and some large-scale works including 2017’s secular oratorio Space Time Matter Energy. His music has a 'ravishing harmonic opulence’ and is 'a rich tapestry of harmonic, melodic, motivic and rhythmic gestures’ according to American Organist magazine, or 'somewhere between an oratorio and a musical' (Cathedral Music magazine).

He has been teaching singing for some twenty years now, both at home and at the University of Chichester, and former students have auditioned successfully at Guildhall, ArtsEd, Birmingham Conservatoire, Mountview, GSA, AMTA, Oxbridge (choral scholarships), RNCM, Bristol Old Vic, Bird and others, while former students have ended up in West End shows like Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon, Priscilla, Half A Sixpence and Jersey Boys.

He has Estill training, but uses a combination of a variety of singing methods based on physiology and artistry to try and help each student realise their potential.

www.mcenery.co.uk