Simonspecialised in the flute at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he was awarded a Masters Degree and the Guildhall Artist MMP, both with distinction. His teachers have included Philippa Davies, Ian Clarke , Sarah Newbold and Sharon Williams.
As a soloist, he has a regular duo partnership with pianist Charles Matthews. Together they have given regular recitals for many years across the country, including premieres of major works for flute and piano by David Horne and Vic Hoyland. He won the Albert Cooper International Flute Competition in 2006.
“Simon is an extraordinary musician, flutist and entrepreneur. He is an extremely sensitive and imaginative musician, and possesses a wonderful variety of colours and a formidable technique. His beautiful silvery tone, orchestral knowledge and awareness, and leadership skills are a joy to have in the orchestra.” Rebecca Miller - conductor
As an orchestral player, he was co-principal Flute with Southbank Sinfonia in 2008. He is currently Principal Flute with Covent Garden Sinfonia, Bridgewater Sinfonia andBishop’s Stortford Sinfonia.Other freelance orchestral work includes the BBC Concert Orchestra, Oxford Philharmonia, Bath Philharmonia, Winslow Opera and roles in several productions at the National Theatre, most recently the acclaimed revival of Amadeus.
Simon has been a member of a wide range of chamber ensembles, with whom he has given performances at Wigmore Hall, the Purcell Room, St Martin in the Fields, and numerous festivals and concert clubs around the country and internationally. He is featured on the ABRSM Flute Syllabus recordings for 2018-2021.