Who's who in the orchestra

Simon Carrington

Timpani (Principal)

Simon Carrington

Joined the LPO in 2002

Chair supported by Victoria Robey OBE


Simon Carrington joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Timpanist in September 2002. He studied at the Royal College of Music and in 1991 joined the London Symphony Orchestra, going on to become Junior Principal Timpani and Percussion from 1995. Simon is Senior Professor of Timpani at the Royal Academy of Music and has taught and given masterclasses around the world. He has also coached the timpani and percussion sections of many student orchestras including the National Youth Orchestra, the Young Musicians Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra.

As a percussionist Simon enjoyed playing vibraphone in Steve Reich's Sextet at the Barbican in 1996, and he has also given a number of duo recitals (vibraphone and marimba) with Andrew Barclay at prestigious venues such as Dorchester Abbey and Fareham Library. Simon's enthusiasms are family, cricket, skiing and water-skiing.

Simon featured in the 'Backstage' interview in our Spring 2012 edition of the Orchestra's magazine, Tune In. Read the interview here.