Simon Milton (b.1977)
Simon Milton was born in Penzance, Cornwall, in 1977. He graduated from the Welsh College of Music and Drama, obtaining a BA Hons, and studied composition with John Pickard. After winning the Cornish Young Composers Competition, 1999, Simon receives commissions from bands, orchestras, and soloists alike.
Recent performances include the world premiere of Carmen Fantasie at the Harrogate Festival wi th pianist Michael McHale. The work, written for Michael Collins, has also been recorded for Chandos with pianist Piers Lane. Michael Collins has also given the first performance of Simon's Concertino for Clarinet and String Orchestra. Five Miniatures for Double Wind Quintet was performed by the SouthBank Sinfonia in 2009. The Opera Sorbet! Sorbet! at the WEM11 festival, Var, France, in collaboration with Veronique Souberbielle, with a text by Bernard Turle,was performed by Midsummer Opera. Fallen Idols (triptych for Tenor and Orchestra, with John Upperton, tenor soloist), Fanfare for Verdi Brass, and Tyranny of Distance (Essay for orchestra No.1), have all received first performances by the orchestra of Midsummer Opera, conducted by David Roblou.