The English bas, Simon Grange, egan singing in choirs at the age of 11 when he joined The Manchester Grammar School Choir. He began formal vocal studies during his gap year with the tenor Jeffrey Lawton at the RNCM and subsequently with David Crown at Oxford. This summer (2012) he attended the Abingdon Summer School for Solo Singers where he took part in master-classes with Susan McCulloch, Henry Herford, Robin Bowman, Margaret Humphrey Clark and Elaine Kidd. He also auditioned to study with Graeme Broadbent and now has regular lessons with him at Covent Garden, and more recently has also had lessons with Robert Lloyd. Currently he holds a choral scholarship at Somerville College, with whom he has performed several times as a soloist, and is a member of Keble College where he is in his third year studying English Literature and Language.
Since finishing high school, Simon Grange has sung in a variety of choirs and other ensembles. His singing has taken him on tour to France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and America. Other notable performances include singing as part of the chorus for Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem in the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, conducted by Marcus Farnsworth, as a member of the RNCM opera chorus in their most recent production of Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, and as a member of the chorus in Oxford Philomusica’s recent performance of L.v. Beethoven’s Fidelio.