Simon Over studied at the Amsterdam Conservatoire, the Royal Academy of Music and Oxford University. For ten years Simon was a member of the music staff of Westminster Abbey, and Director of Music at St Margaret's Church and the Palace of Westminster. He is Founder-Conductor of the Parliament Choir.Founder of Southbank Sinfonia in 2002, he has conducted concerts throughout the UK and Europe including St James's Palace; The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; The Queeen Elizabeth Hall and the Royal Albert Hall. He has conducted on recordings with cellist Raphael Wallfish, tenor Andrew Kennedy, pianist Allessio Bax and soprano Ilona Domnich. In 2009/10 he conducted the orchestra in 71 performances of ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Favour’ (Tom Stoppard/Andre Previn) at the National Theatre. In 2011 Simon received for Southbank Sinfonia the Japan Art Association Grant for Young Artists in the presence of Prince and Princess Hitachi and the Queen of England.