Simon Halsey has been Chorus Director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus for over 25 years and is Chief Conductor of the Berlin Radio Choir. He is Artistic Director and founder of the dynamic professional choir European Voices, formed at the invitation of Sir Simon Rattle and is in his fifth season as Principal Conductor, Choral Programme for The Sage Gateshead.
Simon regularly conducts major choral projects with some of the world’s greatest orchestras, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Berlin Radio Symphony and Minnesota Orchestra. He has worked on countless major recording projects, many of which have won major awards including several Gramophone Awards and Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik. In 2008 Halsey received a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for the recording of Brahms’ Requiem with Berliner Philarmoniker and Rattle.
As conductor, recent releases include three new discs recorded with the Berlin Radio Choir: XL, a disc of choral music including works by Tallis, J.S Bach, Kodály and Harvey recorded on Harmonia Mundi, as well as Christian Jost’s Angst and Simple Gifts, featuring works by Britten, Copland, Barber and Tippett, both on the Coviello label. With the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus Halsey has recorded Julian Anderson’s Four American Choruses for NMC and English Choral Favourites for EMI.