Simon Streatfeild

Simon (Nicholas) Streatfeild. Conductor, violist, b Windsor, England, 5 Oct 1929; ARCM 1949.

Streatfeild, Simon

Simon (Nicholas) Streatfeild. Conductor, violist, b Windsor, England, 5 Oct 1929; ARCM 1949. After viola studies 1946-50 with Frederick Riddle at the RCM he played in the London Philharmonic, was principal viola of the Sadler's Wells Orchestra and the London SO, and was a founding member of the Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields chamber orchestra. After moving to Canada he served 1965-9 as principal viola, 1967-71 as assistant conductor, 1971-2 as acting music director, and 1972-7 as associate conductor of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Streatfeild has been guest conductor of the City of Birmingham SO, the Scottish National and various BBC orchestras, the Royal Choral Society, the Belgian and Danish radio orchestras, and the Poznan, Oslo and Seoul philharmonic orchestras. In Canada he has appeared with the NACO, the TS, the NYO, and the OJQ among others. He was a founding member 1966-8 of the Baroque Strings of Vancouver and the founding director 1967-9 of the Courtenay Youth Music Camp. He was conductor and director 1969-81 of the Vancouver Bach Choir. A founding member 1968-9 of the Purcell String Quartet, he later rejoined the quartet as second viola for its series of recordings of the Mozart and Brahms string quintets. Streatfeild was a visiting professor 1977-81 at the University of Western Ontario. He conducted the Regina Symphony Orchestra 1981-4, and became conductor and director of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra in 1982. He was named conductor and director and of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra in 1983, and, after a transitional year divided between the Regina and Quebec SOs, he took up regular duties with the Quebec SO in 1984, where he remained until 1991, when he left the orchestra due to differences with its administration. He was named artistic director of the Guelph Spring Festival in 1989. He was awarded the Canadian Music Council Medal in 1987.


as Viola Soloist
Mozart Serenata Notturna. London SO, Maag conductor. 1960? Lon SPA-550/Mus H Soc MHS-4994

Telemann Viola Concerto. Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Marriner conductor. 1964. L'Oiseau Lyre SOL-276/Lon STS-15587

as Conductor

MacMillan Six Bergerettes du bas Canada. Vancouver Chamber Group. 1972. CBC SM-204

Summer Music From Courtenay '74: Tchaikovsky - Wagner - Bach - Beethoven. BC Summer Youth Orchestra. 2-CYMC EPN-208

See also Discographies for CBC Vancouver Orchestra, NYO, Purcell String Quartet, Quebec SO, and Vancouver Bach Choir

Further Reading

  • Richer, Jocelyne. 'Simon Streatfeild quitte l'OSQ,' Montreal Le Devoir, 29 May 1991