I'm a violinist, musician, presenter, producer, writer, teacher, coach, speaker, researcher and entrepreneur.
Here are some of the things I do. If you'd like me to do them for you, get in touch!
As a violinist, I've had the pleasure and privilege to contribute to the work of many established artists and groups, including...
My brother Thomas Hewitt Jones the composer, and my longtime friend and creative partner David Worswick (ex-London Symphony Orchestra), who I met when we were both undergraduates at the Royal Academy of Music in London.
David and I (and pianist Daniel Swain) also toured for many years for Live Music Now (the organisation founded by Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker). They do amazing work and if you don't know about it, you should check it out.
Years-long collaborations with Ramallah Orchestra/Al Kamandjati, Ramzi Aburedwan, Peter Sulski, Guildford Symphony Orchestra (Darrell Davison), and several other regular freelance collaborations with conductors and orchestras in the UK.
Recording and session work for Deltron3030 with Gorillaz/Jamie Cullum (including a live show at Glastonbury Festival), Massive Attack (Live With Me), Ed Sheeran (Divide album), Andrea Corr (Ideal World), Mitch Winehouse, The Kooks (Sway), Elton John (Royal Academy Tour), and many classical groups and orchestras.
Countless festivals and concert series performances especially in the UK ... I've completely lost track of where and how and what but at some point I'll go through my archive and add some details here but festivals included Gregynog, Swaledale, Henley, Spitalfields, and many music societies and concert series and similar things.
Project work has been a major part of my performance life, and some of the most interesting collaborations that I've been part of have included Towards Silence with the Medici Quartet and Sir John Tavener, and Green Hill with Antony Pitts and Tonus Peregrinus. With Antony and Drew Balch, we recorded extensively for projects in Palestine including Who Is My Neighbour? and other work that hasn't yet been released.
For years, I did lots of freelance orchestra and chamber orchestra things, mainly in London and Southeast England (especially at places like St Martins in the Fields and Smith Square in London). I've now completely lost count of how many times I've performed Vivaldi's Four Seasons, Bruch's Violin Concerto and the Bach Double, but ... hey, if you need a short notice stand in, it's worth giving me a call ...
I was associated for quite a long time with SFO outfit Classical Revolution in London and Berlin, and we ran many memorable club nights in London's Soho. At one point we wound up backing the Jazz Mafia's Brass, Bows and Beats on a tour that included the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. Epic musicians.
On stage/screen I've worked directly with several major opera stars, and on set for Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, and others. The art of 'standby' - listening and watching great artists at work - has taught me more than any degree I ever did!
Indirectly, via random production companies, I have contributed to the output of ...
BBC | ITV | Channel 4 | Hulu | HBO | Netflix | StarzPlay | NPR | Al Jazeera | Naxos | Decca | Universal | EMI | Atlantic
... plus most major UK and several European/American broadcast networks, and quite a lot of random media projects for productions for channels and concert halls and arts festivals and film companies and other things ...
Good souls in many reputed organisations have repeatedly persuaded their accounts departments to release hard currency in exchange for my expertise, including ...
Aldeburgh Music | BBC | Daily Telegraph | Deutsche Bank | Disney | EMI | Future Laboratory | Guildford Philharmonic | HSBC | ITV | Live Music Now | Media Tenor | Music Workshop Company | Oxford Philharmonic | Royal Academy of Music | Royal Irish Academy of Music | Spitalfields Music | The Future Laboratory | Universal Music | Virgin | Waitrose
Simon Hewitt Jones c/o 1st Floor Studios, 41 Whitcomb Street, London, WC2H 7DT, United Kingdom
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