“exemplified perfectly Cage's intention
of drawing significance from insignificant sound.” Guardian, 2011
“In the ferocious Zyklus,
Simon Limbrick’s virtuosic manoeuvres around a circle
of percussive weaponry laid bare the jagged energy of one of Stockhausen’s most effective creations.” Neil Fisher
,The Times, 2009
“'The Tunnel' was a fantastic descriptive display piece, the pulsing
beats hurtling forward with propulsive
rhythms or impossible shimmering sounds" The Times,1999
"He is a one-man orchestra, one-man theatre..
disciplined hysteria... high voltage."
Paul Griffiths, The Times
Simon Limbrick's involvement in music embraces performance, composing and education.
He was a member of the cult systems
Lost Jockey and Man Jumping, recording for EG Editions and creating scores for
leading dance companies, Second Stride, London Contemporary Dance, Rosemary Lee and Sue MacLennan. He has
been in demand as a percussionist performing all over the world with the Nash Ensemble,
Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endymion Ensemble, Composers' Ensemble and Fibonacci Sequence as well as recording with
artists such as Alabama3, Gavin Bryars Pete Lockett and for Blue Note Records. He has been
guest principal with the LSO and worked under conductors, Leonard Bernstein, Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle and Tom Ades.
He has featured on film and television including documentaries about Steve
Reich and Kenneth MacMillan's award winning Judas Tree.Compositions created for him include works by Javier Alvarez, Brian Elias (Kenneth MacMillan's
last ballet The Judas Tree), Vic Hoyland and Andrew
Poppy. He has performed the world-premieres of solo pieces by James Dillon,
Frederic Rzewski , Claude Vivier, Philip Cashian, Thea Musgrave, Harry de
Wit, Howard Skempton, Michael Wolters and Ed Kelly. His solo performances have been broadcast by the BBC, RAI, Radio
France, Dutch TV and radio.
"hugely enjoyable, formidable technical agility and subtlety,
confidence and energy versatile and virtuosic."
Nicholas Williams, Independent,1989
performed his own concerto Bulls Yard and Stockhausen's Zyklus at the Sage, Gateshead,(see review)
steel-pan in Brian Elias' Judas Tree at Royal Opera House, London,
in 2010 and directed his mixed-media project, dot-machine, a web-based musical construction accessible on www.marimbo.com. He created a 24 hour long piece surfaces with the composer James Saunders, with financial assistance from the Arts Council of Great Britain and premiered at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival in 2011.
In education, Simon
has led workshops since 1982, and been a returning resident artist in festivals
and organisations, including Blackheath Concert Halls, Aldeburgh Music, Sound It Out , Spitalfields Festival. Workshop projects have been led by him throughout Europe. As
a fully-qualified teacher, he has led Music and
Performing Arts in Secondary Schools for five years. He has led school and
community projects for Aldeburgh Music. As Artistic Director, he helped
Harmony Norwich, creating mixed-ability orchestral pieces for professional and young student
players. Until the School of Music closed in June 2014, he was Director of 'Musician in the Community' and 'Creative Leadership' courses at University of East Anglia.
“The climax of the
evening was a performance of Machina Lumina, composed
by Simon Limbrick, for vibraphone and strings.” Herald, Brighton 2009
As a composer, Simon
has gained an MA in Electroacoustic Composition from City University and collaborated as a composer on a
number of large scale works, including a project at Fort Dunlop, Birmingham,
Lee and site-specific work with Dutch composer/sound sculptor Harry de Wit in
Holland and Brussels.He has produced film scores for
TV and film festivals and composed music for theatre productions at the
National Theatre and Royal Shakespeare Companies. Groups he has created pieces
for include Mary Wiegold's Songbook, Roger Heaton Group, Ensemble
Bash, Network of Sparks, Endymion Ensemble, Richard Durrant, Ritmatic, Hooloo. The Brighton Youth Orchestra performed machina lumina , for string ensemble and
vibraphone throughout 2009. His composition Machine for Living for Landesmusikrat/Splash
was recorded at Deutschlandradio. He has produced
recordings for wergo and others.Currently composing a large piece for jazz brass and marimba.
He has created the CDs, Steam, Hooloo, Clean, Ritmatik, Dot-Machine, Hammer, Rise and Fall, , between and Relay, which are frequently broadcast and available on
well-known download sites.
NEW RELEASE of a double CD RELAY, of contemporary steel-pan music in Sept 2014. Sound Composer for the film 3 Church Walk by the director Emily Richardson premiered on 18th Oct 2014 at The London Festival, BFI, London. A surround-sound film directed by DM of works by Javier Alvarez, Wilson and Simon will be released in late 2014.