a bit about me & the quadrants

Simon Hewitt Jones

…performs, records and broadcasts widely as a solo performer, concertmaster, teacher, writer, chamber musician, music researcher and leader of the Fifth Quadrant (5Q) music collective. His work is strongly influenced by the legacies of Yehudi Menuhin, Pablo Casals, Leonard Bernstein and Daniel Barenboim, and he is involved extensively with projects that explore the intersection of music, technology, education, and cultural diplomacy.

Simon’s solo and chamber music performances have been featured internationally in festivals and TV/Radio throughout Europe, the USA and the Middle East, including NPR’s Performance Today and BBC Radio 2, 3 and 4. His debut chamber music recording won a BBC Music Magazine ‘Premiere’ award. He tours extensively in the UK, and has appeared at most of the UK’s major venues, including the Bridgewater Hall, the Barbican and the South Bank Centre.

Simon has contributed extensively to commercial projects for Universal Music, and his string section has recorded sessions for EMI, Virgin, Naxos and the BBC. He is a regular guest concertmaster of the Ramallah Orchestra, and of several UK-based chamber orchestras.

Simon is currently working on a research project at the Royal Academy of Music, exploring systems complexity in violin pedagogy. He is the Artistic Director of two groundbreaking events in London UK, Music and the City and Classical Revolution London, and is the founder of ViolinSchool.

Simon is the grandson of composers Tony and Anita Hewitt Jones. His father Tim is a cellist at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and brother Thomas is a composer.


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The FIFTH QUADRANT Music Collective

Fifth Quadrant (5Q) is a collective of Classical and Contemporary musicians led and directed by the English violinist Simon Hewitt Jones. At its core is a renowned string quartet with a traditional classical pedigree. But 5Q has also been known to share the stage with piano, accordion, oboe, saxophone, percussion, banjo, vocals, voice, orchestra, ney, bazouq, actors, visual artists, and much more… (…but not all at once).

5Q combines the best of traditional classical music-making with a voracious appetite for new, genre-bending collaborations. Please explore our music!


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Things We’ve Done

Improvised on Gregorian chants in a Yorkshire graveyard.Broadcast on Radio 3. Filmed a music video at the Roundhouse. Opened the Spitalfields Festival. Headlined at the Barbican Centre in London. Shared a stage with a tibetan bowl.Played at most of the UK’s cathedrals. Collaborated with the Medici Quartet. Extemporised on Philip Glass (the music, not the man) for a trend forecasting agency. Toured Palestine. Played Covent Garden Market. Coached the Aldeburgh Young Musicians. Performed for Cheltenham Music Society. Worked with Sir John Tavener. Appeared at the Swaledale Festival.Performed Tango at Kensington Palace. Taught disadvantaged kids to play the violin. Keynoted the Agenda Setting Conference in Switzerland. Shared a stage with Malcolm Gladwell.Performed at Tel Aviv Airport. Busked under Blackfriars Bridge.Resided at Henley Festival as ‘Musicians-in-Residence’. Played Jimi Hendrix at a Waitrose store in Canary Wharf. Performed Schubert’s Death and the Maiden in an outdoor amphitheatre. Jammed at a military checkpoint.

Things We’d Like To Do

Play a concert on the moon. Webcast a live show from the Gaza Strip. That Stockhausen piece in the helicopters. A stadium performance of the Beethoven Grosse Fugue. Get a violin into every school in the UK.


As a collective, we collaborate with an eclectic array of superb, highly fascinating, and deeply creative musicians.Some of our recent guests:
David Worswick, Violin (London Symphony Orchestra)
Daniel Swain, Piano (Royal Academy of Music)
Thomas Hewitt Jones (Composer)
Antony Pitts, Composer (Hyperion, Harmonia Mundi)
Maria Thomas, Manager (Music Workshop Company)
Peter Sulski, Viola (Worcester Chamber Music)
Drew Balch, Viola (Fifth Quadrant)
Ian Byrne Brito, Viola (ViolinSchool, Stringers)
Matthew Forbes, Cello etc. (BBC Phil, Orchestra of the Swan)
Jonathan Bloxham, Cello (Busch Ensemble)
Ramzi Aburedwan, Bazouq (Al Kamandjati)
Kirsty Mangan, Violin (Raven)
Ciaran McCabe, Violin (Cavaleri Quartet)
Jeremy Watt, Double Bass (Philharmonia Orchestra)

Things We Can Do For You

Live performance. Studio recording. Festival residency. Radio broadcast. Education workshop. Corporate Presentation. Private Recital. Conference Keynote. Concert series. Or……frankly, anything is possible with The Fifth Quadrant. As well as stunning musicians, we also have access to amazing composers, brilliant arrangers, several fascinating artists in a variety of fields, plus world-class event management and administration teams.Though we travel from London UK, we frequently take on international commissions and like to engage proactively with great concepts at the development stage. As well as artistic projects, we take on a limited amount of commercial work each season too.Please unleash your ideas here…

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