1949 –  Born London
1953 –  Family moved to Johannesburg, South Africa
1963 –  First organ lessons with Dirk Meerkotter, Johannesburg
1965 –   First employment as organist, St Thomas’ Church, Linden, Johannesburg
1967 –   Military training, South African Navy
1968 –    Worked as architectural draftsman. Began playing the double-bass in various folk music ensembles
1969 – 1972 – Bachelor of Music studies, University of the Witwatersrand, with organ first study, (Geoffrey  Chew, Stefanus Zondagh) and double-bass, second instrument (Hans Klepp)
1970 – 1972 – Principal double-bass player SABC Youth Orchestra
1971 – First harpsichord lessons with Gabriele Duve
1972   –  SABC Youth Orchestra visit to Switzerland participating in the International
Festival  of Youth Orchestras. Concerts in Rapperwil, Brig and Lausanne
1969 – 1972  –  Concerts, radio and LP recordings with various folk music ensembles. Developing interest in traditional African music with coaching from Andrew Tracey, director of the International Library of African Music. Participation in lecture-demonstrations of African music.
1973 – Further harpsichord studies at the Musikhochschule, Freiburg-im-Breisgau with Stanislav Heller
1974 – Move to Brighton, England
1974 – Freelance work as musician/teacher and organist. Harpsichordist with various early  music ensembles
1975 – 1980   Harpsichord lessons with Colin Tilney. Master classes with Kenneth Gilbert,
Christopher Hogwood and Gustav Leonhardt
1977 – 1982   Harpsichord teacher, University of Sussex
1979 –  London debut as solo harpsichordist, Purcell Room
1982 –   Marriage with recorder player Marianne Mezger, first concerts as Duo Basiliensis, and move to Basel, Switzerland
1983 – 1990   Organist Oekolampad Gemeindehaus, Basel
1987 – 1990   Harpsichord teacher at the music schools of Rheinfelden and Burgdorf. Stand-in harpsichord teacher at the conservatoires of Karlsruhe, Mannheim and Biel.
External examiner for harpsichord, Conservatoire of Biel
1987 – Trio Basiliensis founded with gambist Ekkehard Weber
1990 –  Move to Brighton, England
1991 – 2008   Part-time work in the workshop of Malcolm Rose, principally in the production of historic music wire
1991 –  Inauguration of the Workshop Concert Series, Lewes, with Marianne Mezger as co-artistic director, and with the co-operation of Malcolm Rose and Karin Richter*
1995 – First solo clavichord Cd
1997 –  Clavichord Cd of the sonatas of E.W. Wolf awarded  „Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritiken“
2004 – Artistic director/adjudicator for the International competition for new clavichord music, run by the British Clavichord Society
2004 – 2008  Harpsichord technician and tuner for Glyndebourne Opera
2008  –  Move to Zofingen, Switzerland
2009 –  Awarded life membership of the British Clavichord Society
2011  –  Appointment as organist, Roman Catholic church, Zofingen

(* 2018 – this series is still running)

“One mark of a good harpsichordist must be that he justifies his choice of instrument, that he does not waste its special qualities, nor make one long for the fuller presence of the piano. At his best Paul Simmonds achieved that at his recital on Sunday. His alacrity in rapid figures and ornaments would have flummoxed any piano, but found a perfect response in the sweet-toned harpsichord he was playing. He also had a clear style of contrapuntal exposition which benefited from the brighter nature of his instrument’s treble. The effect was often to give a separate life and intelligence to each hand, even when they were most closely linked together. ”
The Times