Simon Nelson B. Mus., M.A., Ph. D.
Initially self taught, he later felt he ought to “know” something about music, and took a Bachelor of Music degree at Goldsmiths College, a Master of Arts at City University and a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology at City University. For the latter he wrote a thesis on the origins and evolution of blues guitar.
As a session musician Simon has recorded for the ABC in Australia, and the BBC in the UK. He has played in a touring band at Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Belfast and Newcastle Arenas and the Albert Hall with Joss Stone, Ms. Dynamite, Lee Ryan (Blue), Des’ree, Paul Jones (The Blues Band), Helen Shapiro and Heather Small.
In a worship context Simon has played in bands with Andy Piercy, Charlie Groves, Nick Herbert and Nick Drake. He has been in Dave Bilbrough’s band since 1997, appearing on Dave’s last 6 albums – including the award winning DVD This Is My Worship and the new release People Of Promise. He has appeared regularly on The God Channel and Songs of Praise. He has recently appeared on Songs of Praise playing with Dana and Mavis Staples.
Simon plays original music with his co-writer / brother Steve Nelson – www.nelsonbrothers.co.uk. The two brothers are also currently playing in an original band (Sadie and the Hotheads) with Oscar nominated Hollywood actress Elizabeth McGovern (Downton Abbey).
Simon has taught guitar privately for 15 years, and has, over the last five years, taught courses in guitar in the worship context for Holy Trinity Brompton, Kensington Temple, St. Michael’s Chester Square and St. Mary’s Bryanston Square.
Simon also runs the cover band Pastiche: Pastiche Band have played for parties and events at top UK venues such as Claridges, The Ritz, The Dorchester, The Gherkin, Gleneagles, and St James’s Palace (for a Royal birthday party!): www.pasticheband.com