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Simon Oates started playing at the age of ten with a Lincoln based youth band before progressing to their senior band, Ruston Bucyrus, taking the Soprano Cornet seat by the age of 12. He joined the Foss Dyke Band in 1984 as their Soprano Cornet player at the start of a very successful run of contest results leading to the band going from the fourth section to the Championship section within seven years.

By the age of 16, Simon had completed all the grades in performance and theory with the Associated Boards of the Royal Schools of Music and held the title of Junior Slow Melody Soprano Cornet Champion of Great Britain. He studied music at Newark College after leaving school and frequently deputises for bands and performed with Manchester’s BT Band at the annual BT charity concert at the Royal Albert Hall where he was fortunate to play alongside Goldsmiths Choir and Peter Skellern.

In 2000 Simon accepted an invitation to join Thoresby Colliery where he was regularly featured as a soprano cornet soloist performing in the gala concert of the French Brass Band Open in Amboise in 2003 and as part of the band broadcast on BBC Radio 2’s ‘Listen to the Band’. He claims to be the most televised soprano cornet player in the world following worldwide media coverage at the opening ceremony of the memorial gardens at the London American Embassy in 2003.

Simon enjoyed contest success with Thoresby winning the French Open Brass Band Championships in 2003 and playing in contests such as the All England Masters, Grand Shield and the Mineworkers Championships and has been asked to deputise on soprano for Grimethorpe Colliery Band, Fodens Band and Desford Colliery Band.

In January 2015 Simon was invited to join the Coventry based Jaguar Land Rover Band, ranked as one of the top 50 brass bands in the world winning the Senior Cup trophy that year, becoming runners up in the Grand Shield in 2016 and qualifying for the British Open Brass Band Championships in 2016. JLR Band reached 16th place in the world rankings during the time Simon played Soprano with them.

Simon’s Trumpet playing experience includes that of former Principal Trumpet of the Newark College Orchestra as well as several guest soloist spots in Lincoln Cathedral where he performed as a soloist accompanied by the Cathedral organist. He has also been engaged as guest trumpet player for the Cantamus Girls Choir. Whilst at music college, Simon was also engaged to perform many lunchtime recitals at the Lincoln Usher Art Gallery. In 2012, he was a founding member of Lincolnshire’s leading orchestral brass quintet, Tennyson Collective and continues to perform with the ensemble throughout the UK.

As well as an accomplished soprano cornet and Eb trumpet player, Simon is also an experienced conductor having deputised for conductors on the brass band circuit for many years. He commenced his training as a conductor through the National Association of Brass Band Conductors residential training courses studying under course director Trevor Walmsley and being influenced by many leading conductors that he has had the privilege to play under. As well as NABBC training, Simon conducted several ensembles at music college and competed in the Midlands round of NABBC young conductors competition.

In 2014 Simon accepted an invitation to become the Musical Director of Foss Dyke leading the band to Third Section Midlands Regional Runners Up in 2015, qualification to the National Finals that year and promotion to the 2nd Section before he relinquished the position in 2016.

In 2017, after a break from conducting, Simon accepted an invitation to join the Enderby Band organisation in Leicestershire as their Associate Conductor and on 1st October 2017 was appointed Musical Director of Blidworth Welfare Band. Since his appointment, Blidworth Welfare Band has cemented their position as Championship Section band gaining fifth place at both the 2018 and 2019 Midlands Area Brass Band Championships becoming Nottinghamshire's Premier Brass Band; and delivering many high quality concerts.

"This performance is scoring well due to the really sensible leadership -

intelligent and faithful to the score.

That alone is making all the difference here"


"Musicality informs the Saraband and perhaps impressive of all

is the fact the MD is drawing the best from his players"


Simon Oates

Musical Director

Blidworth Welfare Band

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