Simon Wallace has had a four decade career as a composer, pianist, musical director and record producer working in more than 25 countries across 5 continents.
In recent years he has concentrated on recording and performing his compositions with singer Sarah Moule with whom he has made four highly acclaimed albums.
For 30 years he worked with the late Simon Brint co-composing music for some of Britain’s most popular TV shows including Ben Elton, Alexie Sayle, French & Saunders and Absolutely Fabulous. From 1993 until her death in 2011 he wrote over 300 songs with the great American lyricist Fran Landesman, the Observer once called them “one of the finest songwriting partnerships alive”. His concert works include two symphonies commissioned by the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra for Thai royal state occasions.
He has worked extensively in theatre and has had shows produced at the National Theatre, the Young Vic and The Edinburgh Festival. In the ‘90s he toured for three years as a member of the Lindsay Kemp Company.
As a pianist he is a familiar face on the British jazz scene and has been musical director for jazz singers Clare Teal, Ian Shaw, Gill Manly and Claire Martin. He spent several years as pianist/arranger/producer for cabaret singer Barb Jungr touring Europe, USA and Australia and was MD for Imelda Staunton’s one woman shows in London, New York and Kenya. He has recorded with Jeff Beck, performed with Hubert Sumlin and been a member of The Waterboys. On TV he has played and arranged for Kylie Minogue, Sinead O’Connor, Boy George, Sandy Shaw, Lulu, Suggs, Marianne Faithful, Ronnie Corbett and many others.
He studied music at University College Oxford and with jazz musicians in London and New York, he is currently head of composing and arranging at LCCM in London.
portrait by Uab Sanasen, Bangkok 1988
From 1990 to ’93 he toured extensively with Lindsay Kemp’s show ‘Onnagata’, playing music devised in collaboration with composer/percussionist Joji Hirota.
From 2004-2007 he was musical director for award winning British jazz singer Clare Teal, arranging and directing the CD ‘Don’t Talk’ (SonyBMG) and numerous broadcasts with the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.
In 2010 he toured in Britain and the USA with Barb Jungr and in Ireland, Norway and Portugal with the Waterboys. In 2013 he toured UK and Australia with Barb Jungr.
He is married to singer Sarah Moule with whom he has made four CDs, the latest ‘Songs from the Floating World’ was released in September 2014 a new CD ‘About Time’ is currently in production for release in 2018.
Simon is a familiar face on the London jazz scene, appearing regularly at Ronnie Scotts Club, the 606 Club and the Vortex with some of Britain’s finest musicians.