Cakewalk/Sonar East West Goliath Logic Sibelius Orchestra Gold Etc. PDF Sonar
Rock/ Contemporary/ Club Choral/ Vocal Dramatic (Opera/ Musicals/ Ballet, etc) Jazz (Big Band/ Jazz Band) Instrumental (Solo instruments) Miscellaneous (Audiovisual/ Performance Art) Electronic and Sequencing
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Keele), 20+ years of using Sibelius & 25+ years in 'the business'!
London School of Musical Theatre, Starshine Music (publisher), Twist Films, Calibre Productions, Paul Holman Associates, Alexander Bermange (composer), Annette Mencke (songwriter), John Bartlett (composer), Spirit Productions (Worldwide) etc. -and you?!
I emigrated to Melbourne in 2010 from the UK, and work consistently on projects from both countries. I became a professional musician in 1994, and in the past 20 years have built a reputation for friendly and successful collaborations, fast and accurate transcriptions (with perfect pitch) and being skilled at creatively adapting or writing material: in fact, just slotting in where required reliably and on time. An additional bonus is being able to create great sounding backing tracks using Logic with sounds as detailed as East West Goliath (32Gb) and Symphonic Orchestra (194Gb!) (Platinum Plus version)
I've orchestrated and scored seven musicals for established educational publisher Starshine Music. as well as co-orchestrating my first film "Morris: A Life With Bells On" starring Sir Derek Jacobi. I arrange for various choirs, actors, singers, and composers - many long term clients, and Magpie, a musical I've co-written has it's first run in central Melbourne in 2020.
Do get in touch if you think I can be 'instrumental' in making your project happen (if you'll pardon the pun)! Please email for a sample of work if required tailored to your needs. best, Simon
"After thoroughly scanning the MAGA website listings, I commissioned Simon to resurrect ten songs from a rock-musical based on the life of Nostradamus that had been gestating for decades; consequently, some of the material I presented him with was dated and much of it raw to say the least. During our association he has shown empathy for my intentions with each song, but has also challenged my ideas in many ways, invariably enhancing the final version and bringing them up to date with panache and genuine talent. Could not recommend his skills more highly!"
Paul Blest (songwriter/scriptwriter/retired teacher) Jan 12 2018
"I have worked with Simon as an MD on Kings of Swing (Calibre Productions) as well as hiring him to play keys for my solo band and MD for The Rat Pack's Back (SMA Productions). Simon's keyboard skills are second to none and he is an excellent musical director who is capable of directing musicians to the highest standards. Truly one of 'the good guys', Simon's humour and personality are always great to have on any job and he bridges the gap between musicians and singers / actors superbly. As an arranger Simon's work is very good with clean, easily readable parts produced on time and on budget". January 24, 2011
Neil Gordon (singer/producer), hired Simon as a Musician in 2004, and hired Simon more than once.
"Simon (has) transcribed a number of songs (genre: pop) for me. I have always been very satisfied and can only highly recommend Simon. His work is accurate and always on time. Thank You Simon for your great work."
Annette Mencke (songwriter) hired Simon for Music Transcription in 2005, and hired Simon more than once.
"Simon has scored and produced at least 60 songs for me. He always manages to bring out the best of the idea and will often throw in some great lyric lines or unexpected twists. I would not hesitate to recommend him for your projects. He's also super fast and well priced compared to some others I have used in the past."
Mike Hume (writer) hired Simon for score, arrangements and backing tracks in 2004, and hired Simon more than once.
"Simon is an amazing pianist, great live performer, extremely reliable and incredibly loyal. It is always such a pleasure to work with him and I look forward to working with again very soon."
Colin Waterson (Waterson- singer/producer) hired Simon as a Arranger/Composer in 1999, and hired Simon more than once.