Simon Howat grew up in and is now based in South Buckinghamshire. He was awarded a scholarship to the High Wycombe Music Centre and subsequently went on to study music at Christ’s College, Cambridge followed by piano-accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music in London. There he was taught by Paul Hamburger and took part in a number of masterclasses with Graham Johnson.
Since then Simon has had a busy piano-teaching career and has been in demand as an accompanist. He has been the rehearsal pianist for the Wooburn Singers since 1995.
Previous performances in Wooburn Singers’ concerts have included: Constant Lambert’s Rio Grande; Schumann’s Dichterliebe, with the baritone Thomas Guthrie; Brahms’ German Requiem in the piano-duet-accompanied, “London” version; Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, in the version for two pianos and percussion; and two performances (2001 and 2012) of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solenelle.