Tutor and Mentor
An Honours Graduate of the University of Sheffield, and a postgraduate
RNCM , Simon is a long-serving tutor at the Junior Royal Northern College of
JRNCM, music conservatoire, since 1991, providing academic support for GCSE,
A level, preparation for ABRSM Aural, and Keyboard Harmony.
Organ Tutor since 1993 – Simon prepares students for ABRSM Grade and Diploma
Exams. In 2018, Simon prepared 6 students for organ scholarships. The students
successfully obtained scholarships at:
Christs College, Cambridge;
Trinity Hall, Cambridge;
St. John's College, Cambridge;
Hertford College, Oxford;
Blackburn Cathedral, and;
Simon's students regularly go on to Organ Scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge
Universities as well as taking conservatoire places In 2017, 7 students
took conservatoire places, the largest number in any of the Junior Conservatoires.
RNCM has recently purchased a new digital organ from
Anthony Bogdan Organs Ltd . This is a
Viscount Organ, Viscount Envoy 350FV, a very high specification 3 manual instrument,
will considerably enhance the teaching and learning experience of all students.
Manchester and Ely Cathedrals have also recently acquired this model.
Director of Vocal Ensemble since 2012, a choir of 65 students aged 11
to 19, performed works by Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, Copland, Barber and numerous
Fully DBS checked and on the Update System
25 years as a Teacher of Music in 3 schools and a 6th Form College from
1989 – 2014.
20 years as Head of Department. Taught at KS3, KS4, KS5 for GCSE and A
level. Also taught A level Music Tec hnology, AVCE, GNVQ and NVQ Performing
6th Form Tutor, University applications, UCAS references, strong pastoral
Ran high level performance ensembles in schools; Choirs, Orchestras, Win
d Bands, Jazz Ensembles, Chamber Music.
Simon retains a part-time position at
The King’s School in Macclesfield, and is on the staff accompaniment team at
Stockport Grammar School.
Simon became a qualified examiner for The Associated Board of the Royal
Schools of Music,
ABRSMin 2002. This is an examinations board and registered charity based in
London, UK, which provides examinations in music at centres both here in
Britain and around the world. Simon travels extensively as an ABRSM examiner,
particularly to the Far East.
Simon is a very active teacher in the South Manchester area for the organ,
trumpet, singing, including aural and theory - all from beginner to Diploma
Simon is available for engagements for preparation for examinations, or
for special events.
Please do call or email with any enquiries.
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