ORCHESTRATOR, ARRANGER, COMPOSER, MUSICAL SUPERVISOR
Current and future credits include: GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY (Old Vic) and ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS (Shakespeare's Globe).
Musical Theatre credits include: WHISPER HOUSE (The Other Palace); ONE LOVE: THE BOB MARLEY MUSICAL (Birmingham Rep); STRICTLY BALLROOM (West Yorkshire Playhouse); SPRING AWAKENING (Atlantic Theatre Company, Broadway, US Tour, West End); WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (Broadway/West End - Drama Desk Award nomination); FINDING NEVERLAND (American Repertory Theatre, Broadway, US Tour); SIDE SHOW (Southwark Playhouse); COMPANY (Crucible Theatre, Sheffield); WHISPER HOUSE (Old Globe, San Diego).
Film and TV credits include: SPECTRE (Orchestrating WRITING'S ON THE WALL and additional underscore); A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD (arranging); G.I.JANE (additional music production); THE VOTE RACE (BBC TV – composer); LOVE AND DEATH ON LONG ISLAND (arranger); STILL CRAZY (keyboard player) A HOME AT THE END OF THE WORLD (arranger); LITTLE SPIRIT: CHRISTMAS IN NEW YORK (arranger).
Simon has written arrangements and orchestrations for: Gary Barlow; George Benson; Björk; Mary J. Blige; Ian Brown; Sarah Chang; Ray Davies; Celine Dion; Paloma Faith; Frances; Robin Gibb; Incognito; Josh Groban; Jamiroquai; Alicia Keys; Lang Lang; Lemar; Madness; George Michael; Oasis; Rita Ora; Sade; Duncan Sheik; Simply Red; Sam Smith; and Supergrass.
He orchestrated and co-composed the soundtrack for the video game L.A.NOIRE which, along with Andrew Hale, won him a BAFTA for Original Music.
Simon pioneered the on-stage composing technique with John Metcalfe in their collaboration with The Bays. All the music is composed live on stage and fed to the musicians via a series of LCD screens as part of the improvised performance.
Simon studied music at Goldsmiths College, London and went on to play keyboards for many artists including Gail Ann Dorsey and Seal. He released a solo record EAST FIFTEEN in 1994 which then led on to his work as an arranger for records. As a result of their recording collaboration, Duncan Sheik asked Simon to co-orchestrate Spring Awakening on Broadway in 2006 which began his work as an orchestrator for musical theatre. After working on Sam Smith's record IN THE LONELY HOUR (for which Simon received a Grammy nomination) Simon orchestrated and conducted the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning WRITING'S ON THE WALL from the James Bond film SPECTRE as well as conducting the orchestra for the live performance at the Academy Awards in February 2016.
Simon Hale is Arranger, Orchestrator and Musical Supervisor on GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY
Written and Directed by Conor McPherson & with Music and Lyrics by Bob Dylan, GIRL FROM THE NORTH COUNTRY has Arrangements, Orchestrations and is Musically Supervised by Simon Hale. It runs at the Old Vic Theatre until October 7th.
The Guardian ★★★★★
it is the constant dialogue between the drama and the songs that makes this show exceptional”
“an astonishingly free-flowing production and the 19-strong cast, which includes three musicians, is so uniformly strong it is tough to pick out individuals”
The Observer ★★★★★
"One of the most transporting shows I have seen in years"
"In Simon Hale’s lovely arrangements, each number is refloated"
The Times ★★★★★
"an instant American classic”
“there are moments when you can just close your eyes and melt into the night”
The Evening Standard ★★★★★
“Songs sculpted into plaintive but beautiful new arrangements by Simon Hale”
“a conversation between the songs and the story and what a conversation it is, beguiling and soulful and quietly, exquisitely, heartbreaking”
The Sunday Times ★★★★
"songs expand the emotional palette: direct and gnomic, raging and desiring"
“the arrangements - by Simon Hale - are ravishing, songs building through bare vocals then layered with fiddle and an omnipresent kick drum played by whatever member of the cast happens to be walking past. Certainly they more than make a case for Dylan’s body of work”
The Stage ★★★★
“Simon Hale’s musical arrangements are glorious and the mixture of story…and song works incredibly well”
“In the end, the power of the music wins out and the show sends you out on a high”
The New York Times
“Simon Hale’s glorious retrofitted orchestrations”
“subliminal beauty, as rousing as it is heartbreaking, shimmers through”