ABOUT

Brief Bio...

When he's not touring Simeon is regularly commissioned to write music for television and theatre productions.
Appearances on BGT,  the BBC’s One Show and the Chris Evans Breakfast show.

Simeon was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and started playing the flute at the age of 8. After 10 years, Trinity College of Music, London, was where his performance and writing skills were honed.

Simeon enjoys performing all over the world playing on an ever-increasing array of unusual instruments, all with unique sounds. “My work as an itinerant musician has led me to play in extraordinary venues. From caves to castles, palaces to giant redwood forests as well as the more conventional festivals, cruise ships, halls, theatres and art centres”.

Composer...

Theatre: Simeon's first foray into writing music for theatre was during his time as music director for “Empty Hat Theatre Company” in the early 90s. Songs,   incidental music, character themes and soundscapes were his speciality.

Since then he has written scores for children's productions, serious plays and musicals.

 

TV: Commissions for incidental and signature tunes for programmes about food and drink , current affairs, pets, gardening, travel and history. Just recently his playing backed Mr Bean as a rather lacklustre Ninja Warrior advertising Snickers bars.

 

Audiobooks: To date Simeon has scored the music for 5 Audiobooks written by Fred Close. These stories were specifically written for the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

Musician...

Like a lot of children Simeon started on the humble recorder at the age of 6. It was only when a visiting wind quintet performed at his school did he see and hear the flute for the first time. An image that has stayed with him all these years. This was the start of the career we witness today. A career that has blossomed and taken him all over the world.

The list of instruments he plays continues to grow. Celtic whistles, panpipes, South American quena, Chinese flutes and the Ba-Hu, Flutes of various sizes from the bass to the piccolo, and very occasionally the didgeridoo. Be rest assured that some more unconventional objects like the walking stick and bicycle pump will also make a welcomed appearance. 

Entertainer...

Simply put, being a musician on stage was never enough for Simeon.  Whether he's giving a show onboard a cruise ship, playing to patients in a hospice or prisoners behind bars, presenting one of his many "Flute Emporiums" in schools or performing for a WI Federation meeting, engaging with an audience in a humorous and casual way is of paramount importance to him.  

© Simeon Wood 2020