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Simon Kenworthy

Simon was educated at the University of Durham, England, where he gained B.A. Hons.,  and Master of Music degrees.

Whilst at University he  performed in piano masterclasses with John Ogden, Tamas Ungar, John McCabe and Denis Matthews. In 1984 he gained a Ralph Vaughan Williams scholarship to study composition with John Casken as a post graduate, and had the honour to work with some of the most celebrated composers of the 20th century including Harrison Birtwistle, Witold Lutoslawski and Sir Michael Tippett.

For 18 years Simon was music director of the  Scarborough Spa Orchestra following in the legendary footsteps of violinist Max Jaffa who, in the 1960’s and 70’s, had made the  orchestra a household name. With the Spa Orchestra Simon performed more than 2500 concerts with a repertoire including all styles of music from the classics to pop. During this time he made numerous radio and television appearances, including the BBC 1 series “Coast”, and he was a regular on Brian Kay’s Light Programme for BBC Radio 3.

Simon is an authority on the music of William Baines (1899-1922), a lesser-known but significant British composer who also happened to be a cousin of Simon’s grandfather. We look forward to the Tippett Quartet performing for the first time in nearly 100 years a Rhapsody by Baines for IIMA in June 2020.

In 2006, at the age of 43, Simon retired to France and now lives in Issigeac where he spends his time playing the piano, giving concerts and composing.

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