Simon has played the trumpet for longer than he cares to remember. After studying in London, he followed the well-trodden path of the orchestral musician, spending three years in Finland as a member of the Helsinki Philharmonic. His musical interests have steadily broadened however, and he now devotes much of his time to chamber music, both as a member of Aurora, and as the founder and artistic director of Septura, a brass septet which brings together some of Britain's leading musicians to redefine the brass ensemble as a serious artistic medium. He recently completed a PhD at the Royal Academy of Music, which focused on transcribing repertoire for Septura's series of recordings on the Naxos label. Away from music, Simon enjoys all the usual things: good food and drink, watching sport and films, socialising and going on holiday.
When we performed our Insomnia programme in London, the trumpet was only featured towards the start, meaning I had a rare opportunity to then become an audience member at an Aurora concert. The atmosphere created was truly magical, and it was a strong reminder of how lucky we are to take part in such inspiring projects.
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