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Simon Rackham

Simon Rackham
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, for example; ‘Smells Familiar’, an exhibition of tactile and olfactory sculptures. ‘An Examination of Imagination’ (an installation of 1200 mixed media works on air mail envelopes). ‘Red Manscapes’ (126 red paintings to be read). ‘66 Shiney People Paintings’ (exhibition in Holland). ‘One Hundred to One, Book, and other objects in black and white’ (Exhibition of sculptures, text art and Book works at Bookartbookshop, London). Recently Simon has been living in Italy and concentrating on making ceramic sculptures, these have been exhibited in the exhibitions; ‘Sulle Orme Di Giorgio Romoli’ with Giorgio Romoli, Paola Paoletti and Piero Corrieri in 2004, and the Modigliani group shows ‘French/Italian artists’, and ‘Image, Form and Colour’, 2005. ‘Arte a le Piagge N.5’, and ‘Artisti a Confronto’ curated by Roberto Cellini, 2006. In 2007 he took part in the exhibition ‘Arte e Tradizioni’ in the Palagio di Parte Guelfa, Florence, and had the solo exhibition ‘Paintings & Sculptures (with Music)’. In 2008 he shared with Paola Paoletti the exhibition ‘Insieme/Together’, & again with Paola in May 2010 the exhibition 'Insieme/Together N.2'. Music and art works can be heard and viewed at myspace.com/simonrackhamswork