was born in 1964 in London, England. After completing an art foundation course (1983) he enrolled at the Royal Academy of Music (London) where he studied composition and French horn, (receiving a certificate of advanced studies in composition and a professional performers certificate in French horn in 1988). On graduating from the R.A.M. he worked as an actor/musician in the Royal National Theatre production of Tony Harrison’s ‘The Trackers of Oxyrhynchus’, both in Greece and London. He has composed incidental music for several plays and dance performances including ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, ‘The Man Outside’, and ‘Closet Case’, in which he was also a performer and took part in the Dutch tour. He co-founded the music theatre group ‘3 or 4 composers’, who have collaborated on several productions including the large scale ‘Still Ringing’, which was performed in Bristol and Nottingham. He has composed a great deal of other concert music especially music for solo piano. His piece ‘Which Ever Way Your Nose Bends’ for the six piano ensemble ‘Piano Circus’ has been recorded on Decca’s Argo label. In the late 80's he played regularly with John Miller's group 'Shopping Trolley' and appears on their eponymous album, also with Miller he formed Ornamental Balustrade who released 'If I had wings, then I would fly' on the Polenta label. (Both Shopping Trolley and O'B' are available from www.cdvine.co.uk). Apart from composing and performing he has been active in the visual arts with several group and solo exhibitions both in London and abroad.
All of the music released through cdbaby (with the exception of 'Blank Verse') was made using the 'Finale' music program (to write in the notes, and occasional use of 'Finale' sounds) then a midi file from there was played through the Virtual Grand Piano program 'Pianissimo' for the recordings.
For more information or scores for performance please get in touch through the website: www.simonrackhamswork.com