Feb 112014

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson

Simon Johnson, the organist and assistant director of music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, will present an organ recital at Groton School on Sunday, February 16 at 4 p.m. Admission is free and the public is welcome.

Johnson was scheduled to perform at Groton School last year but had to cancel because he was asked to play at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. His Groton School recital will include a diverse repertoire of 20th-century and contemporary, baroque and romantic pieces, all designed to showcase Groton’s historic Aeolian-Skinner organ, a prototype of the “American Classic” organ. The organ and recital are in the chapel at 282 Farmers Row, Groton, Massachusetts.

Last March, Johnson accompanied the Groton School Choir during a performance at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.

The renowned organist has traveled throughout Europe and the United States as director, accompanist, and soloist; has recorded widely; has been broadcast on BBC television and radio; and has worked with orchestras including the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. At St. Paul’s, he presides over the five-manual Zillis/Mander organ, one of the finest musical instruments in the world.