Simon Beattie (b.1975) studied modern languages at the University of Exeter, and was a tenor choral scholar in Exeter Cathedral Choir. He now lives in Buckinghamshire and sings with a variety of groups locally, and in London.
His highly-regarded setting of Rowan Williams’s poem “Advent Calendar,” was broadcast on BBC Radio 3 as part of the Advent carol service from St John’s College, Cambridge, in 2008. The late John McCabe, whose own “The last and greatest Herald” was premiered during the same broadcast, wrote: “I simply found it gripping and moving. I felt your grasp of harmony and harmonic progression was particularly impressive. And the response to the excellent poem was vivid.”