Simon Proctor

Simon Proctor (born 1959) is a British composer, pianist, and flautist, known for his works for unusual instruments.[1]

Proctor graduated from the Royal Academy of Music where he gained the GRSM degree, LRAM diploma in piano and several prizes for composition, orchestration and piano.

His best known work, the Concerto for Serpent and Orchestra, was written in 1987 when the composer was attached to the University of South Carolina. Its premiere, with the soloist Alan Lumsden and the University of South Carolina Chamber Orchestra under Donald Portnoy, was at the First International Serpent Festival on 21 October 1989. Douglas Yeo performed it again on 31 March 1997 at New England Conservatory, and then on 29 and 30 May 1997 with the Boston Pops Orchestra conducted by John Williams, both in Boston.[2]

Other compositions include his Concerto for Keyed Bugle and Orchestra.[3] The Amherst Suite also features the serpent.[4] He composed a Jubilee Fanfare for the RHS Bicentennial, which was attended by the Duke of Edinburgh.

He has also composed a great number of other less well-known works, including concertos for the organ, trumpet, tuba, and many works for solo piano including a seven-part fugue.[1]

He composed a symphony, which included a hand bell ensemble, for the Lincoln Park Academy Orchestra in 1998.[5] ad

He composed a James Bond Piano Concerto. This had its world premiere on 20 February 2010 in Cadogan Hall, London. It was performed by the London Gay Symphony Orchestra. Thomas Pandolfi was the solo pianist.

Proctor is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music.[1] He lives in Maidstone, Kent and teaches piano and harmony at the Kent Music centre, where he frequently performs, and several other schools in the area.

He has made two CDs of his compositions, Sounds of Kent – Piano (recorded by 12-year-old Tyler Hay), and Sounds of Kent – Woodwind (recorded by the Pneuma Quintet, a wind quintet of students from the Royal Academy of Music). A movement from his Concerto for Ophicleide and Orchestra has been recorded by Nick Byrne and David Miller.[6] His Serpent Concerto was recorded by Douglas Yeo on the CD Le Monde du Serpent.



  1. 1 2 3 Simon Proctor, Warwick Music
  2., accessed 21 December 2009. "Douglas Yeo celebrates serpent's lure" (fee required). The Boston Globe. 23 May 1997. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  3. Herbert, Trevor; John Wallace (1997). The Cambridge companion to brass instruments. Cambridge Companions to Music. Cambridge University Press. p. 139. ISBN 978-0-521-56522-6.
  4. "Serpent's sound makes suite music". The Times-News. 10 August 1986. Retrieved 19 December 2009.
  5. Lady Hereford, "Lincoln Park Students Will Be At Special Concert With Bells On", Palm Beach Post, 21 October 1998, p. 1B
  6. Back from Oblivion, Melba Recordings

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