Simon Bowler was born in Sheffield in the UK. After singing in his local church choir (where his father was assistant organist) he became a cathedral chorister at Southwell Minster in Nottinghamshire. He studied organ with Kenneth Beard at Southwell before attending London University and the Royal College of Music where his teachers included John Birch and Richard Popplewell.
Upon Graduation he was appointed Assistant Organist at Peterborough Cathedral and later became Director of Music at St. Peter’s Brighton, leading a cathedral style choir of men & boys voices.
In 1997 he moved to Manchester, joining the academic music department at Chethams’ School of Music. Simon developed his conducting work during this time, becoming Musical Director of the King Edward Music Society (Chorus & Orchestra) in Macclesfield, The Gorton Philharmonic in Stockport, The Northern Baroque Orchestra in Rochdale, as well as numerous guest appearances with other ensembles.
His freelance work as a conductor led to contracts with the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra and he has performed at most of London’s major concert venues in high-profile concerts. As organist he held posts at Peterborough Cathedral and St. Peter’s Church Brighton.
In 2003 Simon moved to Oman as Assistant conductor of the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra, working closely with the orchestra’s chief conductor, Chris Adey. On returning to the UK he worked with numerous orchestras & choirs around the country, from county youth orchestras to professional & amateur ensembles. He has broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and 4 and has made several CD recordings.
From 2010 Simon returned to FT teaching and has worked at Schools in Italy, Scotland and moved to the UAE in 2014 to work at BSAK in Abu Dhabi. Simon currently works at Dubai College.