Simon won a scholarship to study trumpet at Trinity College of Music in 1988 with Iaan Wilson and Philip Jones.
Since graduating in 1991 he has freelanced across the spectrum of professional music making in the UK and is known for his capacity to play in all styles whether it be 'period' Baroque orchestras or playing lead trumpet in the UK tours of American super groups like The Temptations and Sister Sledge. He is also a keen arranger for the quintet. In addition to FAB he holds principal trumpet positions with The English Symphony Orchestra and Birmingham Opera Company. His first solo CD, 'Music for A Perfect Day', with organist Kevin Bowyer was described as, "stunning virtuosity" by BBC Music Magazine.
The music critic of the Kentucky Herald USA said of him: "I wanted to put his performance in a gold memory box." This was bettered only by the Nigerian Guardian who described him as "short and cleanshaven".
Simon plays Smith-Watkins trumpets exclusively.
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