New Sub-Organist and Assistant Director of Music

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Hogan as Sub-Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral

Simon’s musical life began as a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe in Bristol. Following organ scholarships at Bristol and Salisbury Cathedrals, he studied at the Royal College of Music, and in his final year held the Organ Scholarship at St Paul’s Cathedral. He has since been Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster (2012-2019), Sub-Organist at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford (2019), and now combines a freelance career with posts at St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London, and Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. As a soloist, Simon has given recitals in venues across the UK and abroad, and is also the principal organist for the John Armitage Memorial Trust (JAM), an organization which commissions and performs new music for brass, organ and choir by leading contemporary composers.

Simon says of his appointment: “I am thrilled to have been appointed Sub-Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Southwark Cathedral. I am hugely looking forward to working with Ian, James, Canon Andrew and all the members of the Music and Liturgy Team, and to getting to know the wider Cathedral community”.

The Precentor, Canon Andrew Zihni, comments: “We are delighted to be welcoming Simon as part of the Cathedral community and very much look forward to all that he will bring to our life together”. Ian Keatley, Director of Music, adds: “Simon is an exceptional organist, whose talent will enrich our music and worship here at the Cathedral. He comes to us with a great deal of experience, not least from his work at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, Southwell Minster, St Paul’s Cathedral, and the Church of St Bartholomew the Great in the City of London. I am sure that his friendly and personable nature will endear him to our Cathedral and Diocesan communities”.

Simon joins us with his wife Hilary - also an organist - and cat, Poppy. We look forward to welcoming them to Southwark in Advent.