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.
Simon’s next scheduled workshop weekend is a return visit to the beautiful Halsway Manor, nestling at the foot of the Quantocks in Somerset. As last year, sisters Hilary James and Janet Giraudo will be running a concurrent voice workshop and we’ll combine the two groups in the last session to form a massed choir and mandolin orchestra for a few pieces. Halsway, with its unique atmosphere, is now an annual ‘must’ for many mandolinists, and the course is already over half full (as of 7th Nov 2017).
If you’d like details please visit the Halsway Manor website to book.
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Here are some comments from Mandolin Retreats at Kenwood Hall, Sheffield
‘The weekend surpassed my hopes and was truly motivating, highly instructive and huge fun. It was great to see such a mix of abilities all able to play together. Everyone was so supportive and encouraging.’
Nick Reiter (UK)
‘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)
Phil Nixon, an experienced bass guitarist, talks with Bill Buckley on Radio Berkshire about becoming a beginner mandolinist at Simon’s Mandolin Retreat.