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Simon Carrington


Principal Timpanist of the London Philharmonic Orchestra


About Simon Carrington

Simon Carrington is the principal timpanist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, a position he has held since 2002. 

He studied at the Royal College of Music and in 1988 was the gold medal winner in the Shell/LSO competition. 

Simon joined the LSO in 1991, becoming junior principal timpani and percussion in 1995, working extensively with musicians such as Pierre Boulez, Sir Colin Davis, Bernard Haitink, John Adams and Steve Reich. 

Simon has played as a guest timpanist with all the symphony orchestras in London and others including the Chamber Orchestra of Europe , English Chamber Orchestra and the World Orchestra for Peace. 

As a soloist he gave, along with LSO principal percussion Neil Percy the world premiere of Philip Cashian's double concerto "Night Journeys".

Simon is senior professor of timpani at the Royal Academy of Music and has taught and given masterclasses around the world, as well as coaching the European Union Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra.