Simon Fairclough

Director of Development

Simon leads the development team, which builds support for the orchestra’s work from individual donors, corporate sponsors and charitable trusts.

Before joining the CBSO in 2013 he was Head of External Relations at the Academy of Ancient Music, where he achieved a fivefold increase in fundraised income and secured regular Arts Council funding for the first time in the orchestra’s history.

Between 2005 and 2013 he was Executive Chairman of the Cambridge University Musical Society, where he doubled the Society’s size, launched a Great Conductors series enabling students to work with the likes of Sir Mark Elder, Sir Roger Norrington and Libor Pešek, and curated special projects including recordings and live BBC Radio 3 broadcasts, a major commission from Sir Peter Maxwell Davies celebrating Cambridge's 800th anniversary, Wagner's Parsifal with Sir Mark Elder, and the reconstruction of the original orchestral accompaniment to the 1924 silent movie The Epic of Everest for the British Film Institute.

Simon studied law and music at Christ’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar. He was an International Fellow at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC between 2012 and 2014.