FilmSimon comes from a classical music background with degrees from the Royal College of Music London and Cambridge University. He joined Abbey Road Studios as a mastering engineer in 1990.
From restoring 100 year-old 78s to extracting the full potential of 5.1 surround sound, Simon manages every kind of mastering. He's equally at home with vintage analogue and cutting-edge digital equipment and works on any musical genre from classical to heavy metal.
An expert in 5.1 music projects, Simon has mastered the work of some of the world's best known names in pop, rock and classical music, including The Beatles (Yellow Submarine), Depeche Mode, Robbie Williams, Wings (Rockshow), Kylie, Sigur Ros (Heima), U2, Keane, Nigel Kennedy, and the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Other surround projects have included the 25th Anniversary recording of the London stage version of Miss Saigon, the legendary Argentine band Indio Solari (Live at La Plata 2008), Final Symphony, a symphonic album derived from the music to the Final Fantasy games series and the Disney musical Newsies.
Simon has also mastered soundtrack albums for many Hollywood blockbusters, including The Hobbit (Parts 2 and 3), Into the Woods, San Andreas, Macbeth, Les Miserables, Skyfall and Spectre, The King's Speech and the 5.1 audio versions for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Parts 1 and 2). Since working on Howard Shore's scores to The Hobbit, Simon has mastered the complete back catalogue of Shore's film scores, including Naked Lunch and Crash, as well as more recent movie soundtracks Maps to the Stars and Spotlight.
One of the world's foremost audio restorers, Simon was responsible for all the audio restoration on the Grammy Award-winning The Beatles Album Remasters (2009), as well as helping to create the individual musical lines for The Beatles Rockband Game from the original analogue master tapes. Other restoration projects have included Wings Band on the Run and Ram albums (both Grammy nominated, with Band on the Run winning the Historical category in 2012), and the remaster of the George Harrison biopic Living in the Material World. In 2017, Simon worked on the 50th Anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Highly respected as a classical archive remastering engineer, Simon won a Gramophone Award in 2007 for the CD remaster of the Lyrita catalogue of music by British composers. He was part of the Abbey Road team who remastered the complete studio recordings of Maria Callas, released in 2014 to great acclaim. For EMI and Warner, he has remastered and restored countless archive tapes from the LP era, both classical and pop.
Between 2010 and 2014 Simon and his colleagues remastered catalogue recordings in high resolution from EMI's classical archive for release on SACD by EMI and Warner in Japan. This huge project began with recordings made by the legendary German conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler, including his acclaimed Wagner Ring Cycle from 1953. This series of Furtwangler SACDs won the Special Project of the Year category at the 2011 49th Record Academy Awards in Japan.
In demand for interviews about audio restoration and mastering, Simon has featured on BBC Radio 2's The Record Producers and In Concert. He's given talks about his work to the UK branch of the AES in London and to students on Surrey University's Tonmeister course. Outside the world of audio engineering, Simon still finds time to play the organ and conduct his local church choir.
The Beatles Album Remasters (2009)
Howard Shore - The Hobbit: Parts 2 & 3
Sigur Ros - Heima (DVD)
Herbert von Karajan - Recordings with the Berlin Philharmoniker
Verdi - Requiem (DVD)
Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells
Lyrita - British Composers(catalogue remastered to CD)
Great Cathedral Organs Series
Miss Saigon- London Cast Live 25th Anniversary Recording
Thomas Newman - Skyfall