TEDxBerlin 2010 "Fantastic Reality: How We Shape Our Future" - "Broadening the Scope of Choral Music"
Simon Halsey, principal conductor of the Rundfunkchor Berlin since 2001, is internationally in demand as a conductor and lecturer.
He holds an honorary doctorate from the University of Birmingham, has been engaged as guest lecturer and conductor at the University of Minnesota (2009) and Yale University (2011), and is International Chair of Choral Conducting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. Born in London in 1958, he was appointed director of music at the University of Warwick at the age of 22.
From 1982 he has been director of the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, and from 1989-94 was director of the Salisbury Festival and chorus master of Flemish Opera, Antwerp. From 1997-2008 he was engaged as guest conductor then principal conductor of the Hilversum Radio Chorus.