Tutor, Examiner, Adjudicator and Mentor
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An Honours Graduate of the University of Sheffield, and a postgraduate
RNCM , Simon has been a tutor at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music
JRNCM, 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. Simon's students regularly
go on to Organ Scholarships at Oxford and Cambridge Universities as well
as taking conservatoire places.
Director of Vocal Ensemble since 2012; a choir of 65 students, aged 11
to 19, has performed works by Mozart, Fauré, Duruflé, Copland, Barber,
Bernstein, Lauridsen, Whittaker and numerous others.
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, Wind
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,
ABRSM, in 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 Freelance Adjudicator for Festivals and Competitions. He is
highly respected for his professional and efficient work in this field
offering impartial expertise and guidance to all performers and competitors
alike. He has adjudicated for the Buxton Festival, Manchester ISM Competitions,
Wrekin College and Stockport Grammar School Music Competitions and for
the Chester Music Society Young Musician of the Year.
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 a wide variety of performing engagements, recordings,
for preparation for examinations, or for special events.
Please do call or email with any enquiries.
As an affiliate member of Music Matters, Simon recommends you click on
the links to discover their specialist online teaching courses.
Education Consultant with Paradigm Trust
“Simon is working closely with Paradigm Trust, to support, evaluate and challenge our music
provision. Drawing on his extensive expertise and experience, he has helped us identify strengths
and areas for development and then provided both strategic and deeply practical support to
teachers and leaders so that we can achieve our ambition of offering world class music provision in
our schools. He has a deep knowledge of all aspects of music curriculum design and implementation
and is working closely with staff to ensure that their hard work has maximum impact. Simon is an
inspirational music educator and leader”. – Bill Holledge CEO Paradigm Trust