Simone Ibbett-Brown is an Essex-based music theatre-maker currently studying for a Guildhall Artist Masters with kind support from the Guildhall School Trust.
As an administrator, she has worked for two major touring theatre companies, Cheek by Jowl and Paines Plough, with a focus on accessibility.
Projects as a director include Albert Herring (The Ark Theatre); Dido and Aeneas (English Martyrs’, Leicester); Don Giovanni (Grand Opera House, York); Evolve: A New Musical (Drama Barn); Little Women: The Musical (Drama Barn); On the Night (Bridewell Theatre). She has also assisted Toria Banks on The Magic Flute (Jackson’s Lane Theatre) and Sinéad O’Neill on Scenes at Six (Guildhall School of Music and Drama).
In 2018, Simone will be collaborating with mezzo-soprano Linda Hirst and director Toria Banks to create Young Women, Old Women, Dead Women, a touring project exploring youth, age and legacy in music theatre by women from across the ages, at its heart a brand new short opera by poet and playwright Sabrina Mahfouz. She is also looking forward to creating a piece of interactive gig theatre for the Southbank Centre’s Chorus Festival with a cappella collective VOX.
As a performer, Simone has been a backing singer with the Roundhouse Choir for artists including Akala, Camille O’Sullivan and Sam Lee, with whom they won a BBC Folk Award in 2016. Most recently she sang with Benjamin Clementine on his 2017 European tour, The Wandering Tour, and on the deluxe edition of his album I Tell a Fly, to be released 2018.