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Composer

A busy composer and arranger, with a substantial catalogue of Festival commissions both National and International, my out-put includes works for choir, orchestra, and keyboard; also, a goodly number of pieces for small ensemble, many of which were commissioned and first performed by Wales' premier chamber group, Ensemble Cymru. Whether it be for you, your ensemble, or your community project, please be in touch if you would like to discuss the possibility of a new composition or arrangement.

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Conductor

With considerable experience in orchestral and choral conducting - also, having directed some of the finest professional wind ensembles in the world, such as the Band of the Coldstream Guards, and the Band of the Welsh Guards - I am happy to direct any classical ensemble, whether large or small, professional or amateur. I am available as a 'stand-in', but will happily consider directing on a more regular basis, if requested. I am based in Reading, Berkshire, but will consider travelling further, if required.

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Organist

I studied organ with Hugh Davies at St Asaph Cathedral, later being offered a scholarship at Bangor Cathedral. I have been a freelance liturgical musician since 1997. With a particular interest in the music of the Usus Antiquior, I greatly enjoy making my own arrangements of commonly used plainchants; also, composing polyphonic settings of Latin prayers. I am available to play for special occasions: weddings, and so forth. I am based in Reading, Berkshire, but will consider travelling further, if required.

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Educator

With over twenty years' experience in teaching and academic leadership, I have held several full-time posts including those of Senior Lecturer and Postgraduate Course Leader at the London College of Music. My areas of pedagogical expertise include... Harmony & Counterpoint, Strict and Free. Compositional Techniques. Music Analysis. Performing on Stage. Graphic Analysis. Orchestration & Arranging. Square-note Transcription. Community Music. Music Teaching & Pedagogy. Conducting. Organ & Piano. Graded Music Theory. I am also happy to deliver occasional sessions, such as pre-concert talks, or revision classes on G.C.S.E. and A' Level Music topics. I can provide 1-2-1 instruction or group tuition, as necessary. All levels and ages are welcome. Lesson-location is negotiable. I am based in Reading, Berkshire, but will consider travelling further, if required.

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Employment 

As an Educator...

2024 - present: Music Tutor, City Literary Institute, London
2024 - present: Music Lecturer, Havant & South Downs College, Alton
2023 - present: Music Tutor, Greene's College, Oxford.
2003 - 2022: Senior Lecturer, London College of Music, University of West London.
2003 - 2007: Music Lecturer, Reading College & School of Arts and Design.
2002 - 2003: Music Teacher, St Gerard’s School Trust, Bangor.
2002 - 2003: Pre-concert Speaker, North Wales Theatre, Llandudno.
2000 - 2001: Co-ordinator of Postgraduate Research Seminars, University of Wales, Bangor.

As a Conductor...

2013 - 2022: Musical Director of the L.C.M. Camerata Orchestra.
2005 - 2007: Musical Director of the Twyford Singers, Berkshire.
2002 - 2003: Musical Director of Cantorion Menai, Anglesey.
1999 - 2001: Orchestral Director of the University Music Society, Bangor.

Qualifications

2022: Hon. M.Mus. in Performance (West London).
2022: Hon. F.L.C.M. (West London).
2011: F.H.E.A. (Higher Education Academy).
2007: Cert. Ed. (P.C.E.T.) (Thames Valley).
2001: M.Mus. in Composition (Wales).
1999: B.A. (Hons) in Music (Wales), with First Class Honours.
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For further information, please drop me a line, at:

simon.paul.rigby@gmail.com

And for more recordings, please visit my YouTube channel, at:

https://www.youtube.com/@simon.rigby.musician 




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