Member Profile - Music Arrangers Guild of Australia

Member Profile: Simon Walters




Work Phone:
+44 0208 144 4591

Mobile Phone:
+61 (0)457 843 905

Copyist?

Arranger?

Electronic Arranger?

Offers written quotes?

Software:
Cakewalk/Sonar
East West Goliath
Logic
Sibelius
Orchestra Gold Etc.
PDF
Sonar

Ensembles:
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

Qualifications:
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music (Keele), 15+ years of using Sibelius & Cakewalk/Sonar, 20+ years in 'the business'!

Clients:
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?!

Score resolutions:
A4, A3



Profile:
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 software such as Logic andSonar 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. and  co-orchestrated 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.

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  

Reviews:
“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
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
Neil Gordon, 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.” January 23, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity
Annette Mencke, 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.” January 23, 2011
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Good Value
Mike Hume, 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.” July 3, 2010
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative
Colin Waterson, hired Simon as a Arranger/Composer in 1999, and hired Simon more than once