Teacher of Modern languages, Director of Expressive Arts
Simon Lowe took a degree in French and German at Christ Church, Oxford and then completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies at Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 1978-79. While there, he studied composition with Buxton Orr, Patrick Stanford and Alfred Nyman, piano and musical theatre. During this period he was musical director of West Kent Youth Theatre, for whom he composed a number of shows.
In 1983 he became resident musical director of Manchester Library and Forum Theatres, where productions included Little Shop of Horrors, Sweeney Todd, Cheeky Chappie, Drums in the Night, Follies, Pacific Overtures and March of the Falsettos. He orchestrated the West End premiere of Kander and Ebb's The Rink and was musical director of Three Guys Naked from the Waist Down at the Donmar Warehouse. He was not one of the three guys.
Simon was musical director of the national tour of Hello Dolly, starring Dora Bryan and in 1988 he became musical director of Apollo Leisure's national tours. He rehearsed and conducted national tours of 42nd Street and Barnum. In 1992 he was musical director of the national tour of Pirates, with Paul Nicholas, Michael Ball and Bonnie Langford.
The appeal of touring then faded and Simon took a PGCE and a post as teacher of French, German and Music at Loretto in 1994. There he has written and produced numerous musicals, including Oliver, Godspell, Little Shop of Horrors, Into the Woods, Tin Pan Ali, Pendragon, Starseeker, A Prayer for Owen Meany, Sparkleshark, The Kissing Dance, High School Musical, Rent, Footloose, The Coram Boy and Honk Jr. He introduced the LAMDA exam programme in 2009 and has also promoted dance throughout the Junior and Senior Schools.