Biography

SIMON NIEMIŃSKI was born in London and studied in London at the Royal College of Music, as Organ Scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge and as Organ Scholar of York MinsterHe is experienced in the cathedral music tradition, currently as Organist of St Mary’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Edinburgh and Director of Music at The Robin Chapel of The Thistle Foundation, and previously as Organist and Master of the Music - and prior to this, Assistant Organist - at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Edinburgh, where he directed and accompanied the choir in daily choral services, concerts, recordings and broadcasts.

His work takes him around the UK and abroad, both in concert and over the airwaves, from BBC Radio 2’s The Organist Entertains programme to Choral Evensong on Radio 3, and Pipedreams in the USA. As a recitalist, his programmes often include unusual but attractive repertoire and he aims to play programmes which appeal to organ buffs and sceptics alike. His recordings have helped to revive the music of unjustly neglected composers, with releases of Promenades en Provence by Eugène Reuchsel (“This is a splendid release… There is a lot of poetry here.” - The American Record Guide; “Simon Nieminski’s playing is utterly convincing and at one stroke establishes him as a recording artist of the first rank.” - Organists’ Review) and the Symphonies of Edward Shippen Barnes - American pupil of Louis Vierne (“Pro Organo and Simon Nieminski must be commended for searching out this music and having the courage to record it - would that other companies would make the efforts to record music which is both unusual and worthy.” - The Organ.) 

An interest in transcriptions has resulted in more recordings, including Elgar's
Enigma Variations (“Romantic organ playing at its best” - The Organ.) A CD on the new organ of St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral was reviewed as a Star Recording in The Organ (“…a triumph for both organ and organist…”) Two of Simon's most recent recordings, on the Resonus Classics label, are the première recording of Giles Swayne's monumental Stations of the Cross for solo organ, and another of rare works by Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, released last year. In February 2015, Simon recorded his first CD for the Regent label, on the organ of 3rd Baptist Church, St Louis, Missouri, of works by Alfred Hollins and his dedicatee composers, which was released in time for Hollins' 150th anniversary of birth (11th September, 2015).

Simon's recent live engagements have included recitals at York Minster and Durham Cathedral, Notre Dame in Paris, the Royal Canadian College of Organists 2014 annual convention, and the 2016 International Organ Festival in Japan; he has received an invitation to return to Japan for the 2017 festival.

Simon has an MA degree in music from the University of Cambridge, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.