“Simon Munday’s natural trumpet was wonderfully clean and crisply articulated through the fast passages, with expressive shaping on his long notes in the first movement, whilst in the third movement his highest notes were like coiled springs that sent the music bouncing onwards.” BBC Music Magazine
A specialist on trumpets dating from the 16th Century to the modern era, Simon began his musical career with the Salvation Army. He was awarded a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music with David Mason, Andrew Crowley, Malcolm Smith and Mark Bennett.
An award winning trumpeter, Simon now regularly works with the Royal Opera House and London Symphony, London Philharmonic, Halle, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and Rotterdam Philharmonic orchestras. He also enjoys working with chamber groups such as the Israeli Camerata, Manchester Camerata, English Chamber Orchestra and The Norwegian Chamber Orchestra.
As a renowned specialist of period trumpets, Simon enjoys playing with the English Baroque Soloists, the English Concert, Dunedin Consort, St. James’ Baroque and Les Talens Lyriques.
Simon has also performed extensively as a soloist with The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, The Academy of Ancient Music, Les Arts Florissant, Il Giardino Armonica, The New London Consort, Gabrieli Consort, Ex Cathedra and La Serenissima.
A regular performer of the Bach’s second Brandenburg Concerto, Simon has delighted audiences across Italy and Israel with the work and perhaps most notably has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 as part of their ‘Bach at Christmas’ project. He has also performed the Haydn, Leopold Mozart and Michael Haydn concertos and has given over 150 performances of the Telemann Concerto in D; a work which he added to his considerable recording portfolio, which also includes numerous film scores and classical and baroque works.
As a chamber musician, Simon is a member of Alberti Brass and has worked with ensembles such as London Brass and Halle Brass. He regularly performs in London's West End and has also appeared on the big screen in Bright Young Things, De Lovely, The Duchess and Young Victoria.
Simon’s TV work has included Top of the Pops, Songs of Praise and Ant and Dec’s ‘Push the Button’. He has particularly enjoyed tours with Peter Gabriel and has recorded albums with him, adding to his already diverse and rounded career.
A keen educator, Simon is a Professor at Royal Holloway University of London and has given masterclasses in both the UK and abroad in countries such as Lebanon and Canada.
“Simon Munday proves an impeccable trumpeter…His playing is remarkable for its restraint, balancing ideally the strings of La Serenissima, transparent yet lively and energetic.” BBC Music Magazine