Simon Wallace grew up in South Wales. In the late 1970s he studied music at University College Oxford before going on to a varied international career as a composer, pianist and musical director.
In 1980 he met film and TV composer Simon Brint establishing a writing partnership that continued until Brint’s death in 2011. Together they wrote and produced music for some of Britain’s most popular television shows including: ‘Absolutely Fabulous’, ‘Murder Most Horrid’, ‘French and Saunders’, ‘The Ruby Wax Show’, ‘The All New Alexie Sayle Show’, ‘Coupling’, ‘The Ben Elton Show’, ‘A Bit of Fry and Laurie’, ‘The Lenny Henry Show’ amongst many others.
Simon worked with lyricist and beat generation survivor Fran Landesman from 1994 till her death in 2011, writing songs that continue to be performed and recorded by singers on both sides of the Atlantic. The Observer newspaper once called them ‘one of the finest songwriting partnerships alive’. Several theatre shows based on their songs were produced, including FORBIDDEN GAMES directed and co-devised with the company by Joanna Hole for the RSC Festival (Young Vic, Ustinov Studio Bath and Pleasance Courtyard Edinburgh).
In 1987 Simon was commissioned to write a symphony for the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra as part of HM the King’s 60th birthday celebrations and from 1990 to ’93 he toured extensively with Lindsay Kemp’s show ONNAGATA, playing music devised in collaboration with composer/percussionist Joji Hirota.
From 2004-2007 Simon was musical director for award winning British jazz singer Clare Teal and in between 2010 + 2013 he toured in Britain, Australia and the USA with Barb Jungr and in Ireland, Norway and Portugal with the Waterboys.
He is married to singer Sarah Moule with whom he has made four CDs, the latest ‘Songs from the Floating World’ is released in September 2014.
Simon is a familiar face on the London jazz scene, appearing regularly at Ronnie Scotts Club, the 606 Club and the Vortex with some of Britain’s finest musicians.
He has co-written (with Julian Clary) the songs and incidental music for THE BOLDS, currently revived at the Unicorn Theatre in London after an acclaimed premiere in 2021.
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