Simon hails from Scotland and is now based in Sydney but he has travelled widely during his career as a singer and actor. He enjoys working in a range of vocal styles and feels equally at home in jazz and pop as in choral singing and folk music.
Simon was a member of the chapel choir at Clare College, Cambridge, where he read modern languages, and also gained his grounding in stage performance in university theatre. After some time in Peru and Central America he studied Music Theatre at the Royal Academy of Music in London and, over the following decade, went on to perform as actor and singer in a wide range of stage productions in London, the UK and western Europe. Most recently, he has completed an MFA in Voice at NIDA in Sydney. You can learn more at www.simonmastertonvoice.com
Simon joined the Swingle Singers in 2007 as Bass 1 and revelled in the versatility the role demanded, tackling everything from beat-boxing to bebop to Berio in venues ranging from Siberian concert halls, to summer music festivals, to the London Proms under Antonio Pappano and Paris’s Théâtre du Chatelet under Yoel Levy.
Since moving to Australia in 2012, Simon has predominantly worked in a choral context with, among others, the ACO, the Song Company, Ensemble Offspring, the choir of St James, Cantillation, the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Sydney Antiphony and the Sydney Philharmonia Voices.
When not performing, Simon works as a voice, dialect and singing teacher and tutor to a wide range of vocalists, including at NIDA on their musical theatre and cabaret open courses.