Simon has never had time to commit to individual tuition but has put considerable energy into group mandolin workshops.

He has taught at numerous international festivals including the Classical Mandolin Society of America, the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival (Ontario, Canada) and the International Guitar Symposium (Iserlohn, Germany). He has also taught regularly in the UK at The National Centre For Folk Arts (Halsway Manor, Somerset) and at his own Mandolin Retreat weekends.

Kenwood Hall, Sheffield. 3rd-5th November 2017

The next scheduled workshop is a return visit to this lovely hotel. If you’d like details please visit the Mandolin Retreat page. If you’d like to be kept informed of future ones please join the newsletter using the form on the right

A few testimonials

Here are some comments from the Mandolin Retreat at Kenwood Hall, Sheffield (October 2016)

‘The best Mandolin Retreat I’ve ever attended… I’m still reminiscing and I can’t wait to get home and try some of the things I learned from you. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and  your love of music with us.’
Ken Brown (California, USA)

‘I appreciate all the time and trouble you took preparing for the weekend and guiding the sessions with your playing, advice and invaluable tuition on technique.’
Les Ward (UK)

‘It was a lovely weekend and so nice to do so much playing and be surrounded by mandolins! Your teaching was great, I found it really helpful and just the right level of instruction and playing and it was great to have the parts for the music in advance – a lovely selection of pieces.’
Diana Buckle (UK)





The video…

Watch some highlights of the weekend at Kenwood Hall 2016

Phil Nixon, an experienced bass guitarist, talks with Bill Buckley on Radio Berkshire about becoming a beginner mandolinist at Simon’s Mandolin Retreat.

Phil Nixon interview (4 minutes)

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