Simon is currently serving in the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Plymouth, based at HMS Raleigh in Torpoint. For the past 15 years he has performed in some of the most prestigious concert venues around the world as both a soloist and an ensemble player.

In 2011 he was fortunate enough to have seen operational service in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in his secondary role as a combat medic. He also commanded a Type 2 Mastiff armoured vehicle on combat logistic patrols across much of the operational theatre, awarding him the Afghanistan Campaign Medal in November 2011.

After returning to the UK, he studied for a diploma in instrumental performance on the tuba whilst conducting Roche Brass Band, a first-grade brass band from Cornwall. During the course of the next six years, he held Musical Director posts at a number of Championship Section brass bands throughout Cornwall, achieving good results in competitions and public performances. After completing a BMus(Hons) degree with Portsmouth University, Simon decided to further his conducting experience by becoming the first non-commissioned officer in RMBS history to study for a master’s degree in conducting. Having recently successfully completed this intensive course, he is looking forward to using his skills with Phoenix Chorale.

Simon Badge

Musical Director

BMus(Hons), MMus Conducting, DipABRSM, CertEd, RM

Mark Smith



Mark studied piano and organ at Trinity College London and worked as an accompanist in the South East before moving to Cornwall in 2011. He now shares his work time between accompanying, freelance gardening and building, repairing and renovating pianos. Away from work, his passions include Rachmaninov, Romantic French organ music, growing organic vegetables and foraging. He is an excellent rehearsal and concert accompanist, and has worked with Phoenix Chorale since 2015.


Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix Chorale was set up in 2011. We are a small, friendly group of choral singers who enjoy singing a wide range of music. Our concerts have included works from early musicians, right through to current composers from all over the world. Sometimes we undertake a whole work, but also often choose to programme around a theme, combining contemporary music with more traditional mainstream choral works. We often work with professional soloists and musicians and also try to provide opportunities for young people to perform with us. Our workshops have explored works by Mozart, Brahms and Chilcott, as well as tackling less traditional choral music such as jazz. 

New members are always welcome, so why not come along and join us for a rehearsal? Members pay a termly subscription but there is no charge for the first couple of weeks while you decide if you would like to join the choir. 

We rehearse on Mondays from 7:30-9:30pm at St Peter and The Holy Apostles, Wyndham Square, Plymouth, PL1 5EG.

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