Based in London, Simon Tong is a skilled trumpet player with expertise on both modern and natural trumpets. His versatility shines through in performances spanning various genres, from Baroque to contemporary pop music.
A graduate with a Bmus and MA from the Royal Academy of Music, Simon honed his craft under the guidance of distinguished mentors such as James Watson, Rod Franks, Mark David, and Robert Farley. As well as performance, his studies also included recording editing, orchestration, and arranging which ignited a passion for composition.
Simon's compositional flair extends across diverse styles, contributing to music for film, television, and crafting arrangements for youth music groups.
As an instrumental teacher, Simon imparts his knowledge to pupils of all levels, from beginners to university students, across various age groups. He is actively involved in nurturing musical talent, leading music groups for both adults and children in North London and the wider area.
Simon graduated from the Royal Academy of Music in 2009 with a BA and MA in Performing Arts. In 2010 he was a member of the Southbank Sinfonia in London, which helped guide his career as a performer with orchestras and chamber music groups.
As well as orchestral trumpet, Simon has also recorded with many pop and rock lineups including Meilyr Jones. He also is a member of the London Vegetable Orchestra and has featured in many TV appearances on courgette.
Simon is an arranger, orchestrator, and composer and has been writing music throughout his professional career for many different applications. He has written and arranged music for many educational projects, including Orchestra for All and his work in the Camden Music Service. During the past year, he has turned his attention to writing for film and television.
Simon has worked as an educator for over 15 years as an animateur, a conductor and as a teacher.
He has worked regularly with Orchestras for All as an a music arranger and instrumental coach, has given masterclasses on performing at all levels of education, and conducts brass ensembles in the North of London including Regent Community Brass and the St Albans City Youth Band.
Simon is available for one to one coaching either online or from his home studio in North Finchley. Please contact me for more details.