Simon Phipps

Simon Phipps has conducted most of the professional orchestras in Sweden including the Swedish National Orchestra, the Gothenburg Symphony. His choir Simon Phipps Vokalensemble has established itself as one of Sweden's finest and has won prizes in many international competitions, most notably at the prestigious festival in Marktoberdorf, Germany, (May 2005)  where they were awarded first prize and a special prize for best programme. The choir was elected Choir of the year 2006 in Sweden, and took the Grand Prix as well as four other first prizes at Florilège vocale de Tours in France in 2007. Since Autumn 2007 the choir has adopted the name of The Swedish Chamber Choir.

Simon was born in London and received his early musical training as a chorister at New College, Oxford. He took his B.A. as a Choral Scholar at King's College, Cambridge and went on to study singing at the Guildhall School in London. Conducting studies in Munich and Manchester followed and he made his professional debut at the Gothenburg Opera in 1985.

The next ten years were largely devoted to opera with engagements at Sadlers Wells and English National Opera in London, Krefeld in Germany, and Malmö in Sweden . In 1994 Simon Phipps moved to Sweden and has since then lived in Gothenburg. Although opera is still an important feature of his career (since 2003 he has been the Artistic Director of Läckö Opera Festival and in November 2005 he conducted the Scandinavian premiere of Britten's Paul Bunyan in Gothenburg) orchestral and choral work is now equally important.

Britten: War Requiem

 ”….But the result was in fact enormously impressive, thanks above all to the conductor and the soloists….”  (Göteborgs Posten)­.

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Wagner: Siegfried Idyll /  Copland: Appalachian Spring

”Phipps’ clear and distinct beat, without any extravagant gesture, gave a restrained and noble interpretation, achieving balance and transparency rather than schmaltz…such unsentimentally beautiful Wagner!...”


”Appalachian Spring is…a loosely structured rhapsody whose constituent parts do not necessarily cohere., but they did in Simon Phipps’ hands…..Phipps enjoyed a musicianly triumph here: this was more polished and sensual Copland than I have heard for a long time…..People of his calibre are worth their weight in gold, and then some.”

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Cimarosa: Il matrimonio segreto

” An extra eulogy to the conductor Simon Phipps, who makes the Musikhögskola’s symphony orchestra play with bravura and elegance”


Alban Berg: Chamber concerto

”The performance was definitely high class, the soloists and orchestra displayed both sensitivity and virtuosity, excellently conducted by Simon Phipps. This conductor combines in an interesting way tension and relaxation, exuding calm but creating precision. He made the ensemble play as a perfectly integrated unit in Ida Gotkovsky’s Poème de feu, where the musik glowed like a huge welding torch”.

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Mozart ”Cosi fan tutte”

”Unavoidably one’s attention is drawn to the orchestra pit, where the music theatre’s young orchestra under Simon Phipps – a pupil of Harnoncourt but no fundamentalist -  plays Mozart with quite exceptional beauty, sensuality and expressiveness, and exceptional in terms of decades rather than years. One can only congratulate the Malmö audience.”

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Puccini: Tosca

”This was combined with, disregarding a few slips in the flute in all the  impressive performance of the orchestra, which the young conductor Simon <Phipps lead with enormous mediterranean bravoura despite his English origins. The Englishman had also a natural feel for all the small sighs, sobs and spinto outbursts. The singers and audience thanked him with tumultuous applause."

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Johannes Brahms, Geistlich und weltlich.

Francis Poulenc, Sacré et Profane.

Benjamin Britten, Sacred and Profane.

Och när snön faller vit.


Alfvén                                 Midsommarvaka


Bartok                                Concerto for orchestra, Dance suite, Rumanian dances


Beethoven                         Symphonies: 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 9

                                            Overtures: Egmont, Fidelio, Coriolan

                                            Piano concertos:  1, 3, 4, 5


Berlioz                                Symfonie fantastique

                                            Overtures: Carnaval Romain, Béatrice et Benedicte

                                            Les nuits d'été

                                            L'enfance du Christe


Bizet                                   Jeux d'enfants

                                            Suites: L'Arlèsienne, Carmen


Brahms                              Symphony 2

                                            Academic festival overture

                                            Serenade 2

                                            Concerto for violin and cello

                                            Piano concerto  2

                                            German Requiem


Britten                                Four sea interludes from Peter Grimes

                                            Variations on a theme of Henry Purcell

                                            Serenade for tenor, horn and strings

                                            Simple symphony

                                            War Requiem

                                            St Nicholas


Debussy                             Nocturnes

                                            Prélude à l'après-midi


Dvorak                               Symphonies: 6, 8, 9

                                            Symphonic variations

Overture: Carnaval

                                            Cello concerto


Elgar                                   Enigma variations

                                            Overtures: In the South, Cockaigne, Froissart

                                            Cello  concerto

                                            Introduction and allegro

                                            Serenade for strings

                                            Dream of Gerontius

                                            The music makers

                                            Marches: Pomp and circumstance 1, 3




Gershwin                            Rhapsody in Blue

                                            American in Paris

                                            Cuban overture


Gorecki                               Symphony 3



Grieg                                   Peer Gynt (complete)

                                            Norwegian dances

                                            Piano concerto


Haydn                                 Symphonies: 6, 7, 8, 22, 49, 80, 92, 96, 104

                                            Cello concerto (C)


Hindemith                          Mathis der Maler

                                            Konzertmusik for Brass and Strings


Holst                                   The planets

                                            St Pauls suite


Larsson                              Förklädd Gud


Mendelssohn                     Overtures: Hebrides, Ruy Blas, Midsummer night's dream

                                            Violin concerto



Mozart                                Symphonies: 25, 29, 34, 35, 38, 39, 40

                                            Eine kleine Nachtmusik

                                            Overtures: Figaro, Entführung, Idomeneo

                                            Piano concertos: K 453, 466, 467, 491, 595

                                            Violin concertos: K 211, 219

                                            Exsultate jubilate

                                            Mass in C minor


Mussorgsky                       Pictures at an exhibition (Ravel)

                                            Night on the bare mountain



Nicolai                                Overture: The merry wives of Windsor


Nielsen                               Aladdin, Fynsk vår


Orff                                     Carmina Burana


Poulenc                              Piano concerto 2





Prokofiev                           Peter and the wolf

                                            Romeo and Juliet: suites

                                            Love of three oranges: suite



Rachmaninov                    Piano concerto 2

                                            Rhapsody on a theme of Pagannini


Rautavaara                       Cantus arcticus


Ravel                                  Mother Goose: suite

                                            Pavane pour une infante défunte



Rossini                               Overtures: William tell, Barber of Seville, Italian girl


Saint Säens                       Le carnival des animaux


Shostakovich                    Symphony 5

                                            Piano concerto 2

                                            Cello concerto 1

                                            Violin concerto 1


Schubert                            Symphonies: 5, 8

                                            Rosamunde: suite


Schumann                         Overture: Manfred

                                            Piano concerto

                                            Symphony 1


Schönberg                         Chamber symphony 1

                                            Song of the wood-dove

                                            Pierrot lunaire


Sibelius                              Symphonies: 1, 2, 5

                                            Karelia suite

                                            Valse triste


Smetana                            Moldau, Sarka, Viserad

                                            Dance of the comedians


Strauss (R)                         Don Juan, Till Eulenspiegel, Tod und Verklärung


Stravinsky                          Petruschka,

                                            Firebird (complete ballet)

                                            Symphonies of wind

                                            Piano concerto

                                            Symphony of psalms



Tchaikovsky                      Symphonies: 3, 4, 5, 6

                                            Romeo and Juliet

                                            Suites: Swan lake, Sleeping beauty, Nutcracker

                                            The tempest

                                            Overture: 1812

                                            Capriccio Italien

                                            Piano concerto 1

                                            Violin concerto

                                            Serenade for strings


Vaughan Wlliams             Sea symphony

                                            Flos campi

                                            The lark ascending


Wagner                              Tristan: Prelude and Liebestod

                                            Overture: Meistersinger

                                            Siegfried idyll


Walton                               Belshazzar's feast


                                            Johannesburg festival overture

                                            Crown imperial


Weber                                 Overtures: Freischütz, Oberon, Euryanthe

                                            Clarinet concertos 1, 2


Webern                              Variations for orchestra


Beethoven                         Fidelio


Bizet                                   Carmen


Boertz                                 Magnus Gabriel

Britten                                Peter Grimes

                                            Rape of Lucretia

                                            Billy Budd

                                            Noyes fludde

                                            Let's make an opera

                                            Curlew river

                                            Paul Bunyan

                                            Albert Herring

                                            Turn of the screw


Chabrier                             L'étoile


Cimarosa                           Il matrimonio segreto


Donizetti                            L'elisir d'amore


Gerhard                              The duenna


Gershwin                            Porgy and Bess


Gluck                                  Alceste


Humperdink                                            Hänsel und Gretel


Händel                               Serse


Hulphers                            Pojken och fåglarna


Kühr                                   Stallerhof


Menotti                              The medium


Monteverdi                        Poppea


Mozart                                Die Entführung


                                            Don Giovanni

                                            Cosi fan tutte

                                            Die Zauberflöte


Puccini                               Tosca

                                            La Boheme


Purcell                                Dido and Aeneas


Rameau                             Platée


Reimann                            Lear


Rossini                               La pietra del paragone


Tchaikovsky                      Onegin


Verdi                                   Nabucco


                                            Un ballo in maschera



Weill                                   Mahagonny

                                            Der Jasager

Schedrin                             Ana Karenina


Stravinsky                          Firebird



Tchaikovsky                      Nutcracker


Berlin                                  Annie get your gun


Kalman                              Gräfin Mariza


Lehar                                  Die lustige Witwe


Millöcker                            Der Bettelstudent


Offenbach                          Belle Hélène



Sullivan                              Mikado


                                            Yeoman of the guard