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Simon Nathan arranger orchestrator copyist MD



Simon is an experienced orchestrator and MIDI programmer based in London. Since graduating from Cambridge University with a PhD in Physics in 2015 Simon has dedicated himself to crafting a career as an orchestrator, with credits in musical theatre, concert hall and on film and television. Simon has shown himself to be adept at working across genres, delivering a consistently high level of work. 

Simon's strong background in classical music has equipped him with a deep understanding of the intricacies of writing for a large ensemble, and his enthusiasm for swing-era big band and folk-pop music have given him the perfect springboard for completing commercial projects successfully. By playing almost every common instrument he also writes considerately and idiomatically for smaller groups. His excellent knowledge of music theory means his parts are legible and immediately playable. His speedy use of all common computer music engraving programs ensures on-time delivery, and his keen eye for detail ensures accuracy and legibility.

On stage, Simon’s recent musical theatre credits include orchestrations for the Olivier Award-nominated My Son’s A Queer (But What Can You Do?) at the Garrick Theatre, #zoologicalsociety at Royal & Derngate and additional orchestrations for A Christmas Carol at the Dominion Theatre. (For a full list of stage credits, see Credits.) He has also provided original orchestrations for numerous musical theatre concerts at venues including the Donmar Warehouse, the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall and Theatre Royal Haymarket. Since 2015, Simon has been Principal Orchestrator at the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, providing arrangements and orchestrations for concerts across the West End, and mentoring young orchestrators. 

Simon’s work with symphony orchestras includes projects with the John Wilson Orchestra (including BBC Proms), the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, the Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Britten Sinfonia.

Simon’s screen work includes everything from original musicals to film scoring. His orchestrations were recently heard on Channel 4’s Prince Andrew the Musical, and are featured in the upcoming Netflix animated musical Ladybug & Cat Noir: The Movie. Other TV and streaming clients include HBO, Disney Interactive and BBC. 

Running his own home studio, Simon regularly creates MIDI mockups, producing realistic orchestral tracks. His work has featured both on TV and album releases, and has even been used by virtual instrument manufacturers to demonstrate the artistic possibilities of their products.

(Last updated: May 2023)

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