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Sing Joyfully

The Hogan Ensemble, Simon Hogan

  • Catalogue
    CR004
  • Composer
    Various
  • Director
    Simon Hogan
  • Organist
    Tom Little
  • Producer
    Adrian Green
  • Engineering
    Adaq Khan
  • Mastering
    Adaq Khan
  • Creative Dir
    John Bevan
  • Exec Producer
    Adrian Green

Sing Joyfully

Sing Joyfully displays a snapshot of the rich selection of choral music performed by the Hogan Ensemble in concert and in liturgical context. It spans the celebrated music of Handel, Purcell and Haydn through to the pillars of the Anglican cathedral repertoire.

The Hogan Ensemble

The Hogan Ensemble, established in 2008, is a chamber choir of up to twenty young singers, established and directed by Simon Hogan. Many began their careers as cathedral choristers and now hold prestigious music and choral scholarships at a number of schools and universities. The choir has performed concerts to critical acclaim in many venues in the South West of England and seeks particularly to promote music in a concert setting that is often confined only to a liturgical audience. Its repertoire spans over 500 years from works of the renaissance masters to music of composers of the present day. Recent concerts have included Handel’s Messiah in St George’s Bloomsbury, London, and The Vaughan Williams Mass in G minor as part of a three-day tour around the West Country.

Simon Hogan

A recent graduate of the Royal College of Music, Simon Hogan is the Assistant Director of Music at Southwell Minster.

Born and educated in Bristol, Simon has been passionate about cathedral music since becoming a chorister at St Mary Redcliffe, Bristol. There, as a young boy, he spent four years singing three weekly choral services, touring, recording, and nurturing his increasing interest in the organ; this culminated in him becoming the church’s first Organ Student at the age of 16. Whilst still at school Simon became Organ Scholar at Bristol Cathedral, and was subsequently awarded the organ scholarship at Salisbury Cathedral. During his year in Salisbury, Simon regularly accompanied the cathedral choir, gave recitals on the renowned Willis organ, and worked in the Cathedral School.

Upon leaving Salisbury, Simon took up a scholarship to read Music at the Royal College of Music, where he subsequently graduated with first class honours. During this time he studied with David Graham, Sophie-Véronique Cauchefer-Choplin and Robert Quinney, and held posts at Ealing Abbey, St Sepulchre-without-Newgate, and King’s College, London. In July 2011 Simon took up the organ scholarship at St Paul’s Cathedral where, in addition to regularly giving recitals and accompanying the world-famous choir, he performed at the Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Simon moved to Southwell in September 2012 to take up his current position at the Cathedral, where his duties include directing the Minster Girls’ Choir, playing for the daily routine of services, and running the Minster Chorale, the Cathedral’s chamber choir.

As a recitalist, Simon has performed a wide and varied repertoire in venues around the UK, and has featured on many commercial recordings. Simon is also the principal organist for JAM, an organisation set up in memory of John Armitage which commissions and performs compositions by today’s leading composers.