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Alexander Armstrong Tour

5th February 2016

Simon is currently touring as Musical Director for TV presenter and comedian Alexander Armstrong whose album A Year of Songs...
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Simon appears on BBC1's 'The One Show'

5th November 2015

As Alexander Armstrong's Musical Director, Simon appeared live and led the band and on the BBC 1's 'The One Show'....
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Simon on TV with Alexander Armstrong

2nd November 2015


Simon has a busy and exciting time over the next few
days in the media spotlight as Musical Director and woodwind...
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South East London Breast Cancer Trust - Wear Something Pink Ball

16th October 2015

For the fifth year running, Simon was invited to assemble a band for the Wear Something Pink Ball in aid...
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Virgin Atlantic Holders Festival

28th March 2014

Performing in Barbados is always a pleasure, especially with the talented Harry the Piano and jazz singer Gary Williams, performing...
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Perennial's 175th birthday

17th January 2014

HRH Princess Alexandra insisted on taking a detour from her schedule to speak to Simon at the party to celebrate...
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Alexander Armstrong Tour hits London!

29th October 2013

"His four-piece band, dressed in dark suits and white shirts...look vaguely menacing"
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Simon with Alexander on ITV's 'This Morning'

23rd September 2013

Fun was had by Simon, Alexander, Harry, Dave and Jeff at ITV's studio this morning, when they performed...
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Petworth Festival with Alexander Armstrong

25th July 2013

St Mary's Church was an unusual venue for Alexander, Simon, Harry, Dave and Pete to perform this show in, but...
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Pure Brubeck in Horsham

18th July 2013

On 10th October 2013 Simon will once again lead the quartet of Harry the piano, Dominic Howles...
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Alexander Armstrong Festivals & Tour...

16th July 2013

Simon and Harry continue their association with comedian and ace crooner Alexander Armstrong with appearances at two festivals this summer...
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Simon performing at a Comedy Club in Brussels...?

22nd June 2013

Simon and Harry took the stage for a musical evening of comedy cabaret at the Stand Up World comedy club...
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Music Masters Conference 2013

18th May 2013

Simon and Harry gave a workshop and performance to perhaps their most critical audience yet...
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HELLO! 25th Birthday Party

15th May 2013

Hello! Magazine invited Simon to play alongside Harry the Piano at the celebrity (and royalty!) filled party for...
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Playing with Bobby Shew

16th March 2013

Simon joined the wonderful trumpet player Bobby Shew on stage at the Dawkes Learn to Play Day...
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JARA Showcase Concert

14th March 2013

Once again the future stars of the music business show off at the Lincolnshire Jazz & Rock Academy, with Simon...
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Trinity Exam Board Conference

11th February 2013

Simon and Harry will be scrutinized by all the Trinity Examiners in February!...
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Alexander Armstrong

5th February 2013

Simon has just completed a week long residency with comedian (and amazing singer!) Alexander Armstrong in...
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New Yamaha Saxophones!

5th February 2013

Yamaha Europe have invited Simon to launch their new professional and Custom saxophones to European...
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The Hit Factory!

21st December 2012

Simon has been asked to appear with the house band for the 25th anniversary celebration of The Hit Factory (Stock,...
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Unprecedented success at Loxwood Jazz!

12th December 2012

The Loxwood Jazz Club Christmas Party sold out in just over 2 hours!...
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Simon Presents Yamaha Saxophones and Flutes

3rd December 2012

Simon spent a day playing and filming the complete range of Yamaha Saxophones and Flutes at Dawkes Music in Maidenhead...
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Wear Something Pink Ball

23rd November 2012

Simon took Alvin Stardust to join his band to entertain the guests and trustees at South East London Breast Cancer...
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Simon at the Olympics!

4th July 2012

Simon is delighted to hear that he will be appearing at two high profile London Olympics events...
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Rick Astley Band at the Halow Ball 2012

3rd July 2012

Rick Astley and the band performed to a celebrity packed audience...
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Simon & Harry - Fountain Centre 2012

18th June 2012

Simon & Harry performed their Cabaret Show to a packed house to raise funds for the Fountain Centre...
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Simon Bates quartet with Kent University Big Band

6th June 2012

Simon's quartet were supported by the wonderful University of Kent Big Band...
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Jubilee Celebrations in Trafalgar Square

5th June 2012

Simon was invited to play for the official Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations in Trafalgar Square...
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Simon plays in Monaco for IBM's top party

16th May 2012

Simon jetted off to Monaco for a few days to play with top session band Zig Zag...
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Rick Astley plays Stockolm

12th May 2012

Simon Joined Rick Astley and his band for a one-off private party in the Swedish capital...
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Simon and Harry in Cabaret!

22nd April 2012

Simon and Harry took their acclaimed cabaret show to the Capitol Theatre, Horsham for a...
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Brubeck at the Buxton Opera House

5th April 2012

Simon's tribute band to Brubeck performed to a standing ovation at the Buxton Opera House - featuring Harry The Piano,...
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National 'Learn to Play' Day

31st March 2012

Simon was delighted to be involved with the first, annual, National Learn to Play Day organised by 'Music for All',...
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Lincolnshire Jazz and Rock Academy Gala Concert 2012

25th March 2012

Simon had a busy month with music services, also being invited to be JARA's guest soloist...
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Guest soloist at Symphony Hall, Birmingham

19th March 2012

Oxfordshire Youth Big Band were delighted when Simon agreed to be their guest soloist at their gala concert...
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Simon launches new Yamaha woodwind

28th February 2012

The 28th and 29th of February saw Simon up at Yamaha’s headquarters launching a new range of saxophones and clarinets....
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Raymond Blanc's Restaurant

24th February 2012

Simon and Harry performed at Raymond Blanc’s famous restaurant ‘Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons’ and were the first people ever...
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Simon presents the range of Yamaha clarinets

21st February 2012

Simon spent a day playing and filming the complete range of Yamaha Clarinets at Dawkes Music in Maidenhead in their...
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Brendan Cole 'Live & Unjudged'

18th February 2012

During January and February, Simon has been touring the UK with bad boy of ballroom, Brendan Cole and his hit...
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Eddie Daniels

11th February 2012

Simon was invited to appear with one of his heroes, the great jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels...
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Julia Boutros concert in Beirut

4th February 2012

At the beginning of February, Simon was a featured soloist at a one-off performance by Lebanese superstar singer Julia Boutros...
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Loxwood Jazz & Blues - January

17th January 2012

The Simon Bates Quartet featuring Harry (piano), Paul Morgan (Bass) and Bobby Worth (Drums), opened up the 2012 season of...
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Royal Marines enjoy Simon & Harry's Cabaret Show

16th January 2012

Simon and his musical partner in crime Harry entertained the troops and wowed the musicians of the Royal Marines Band...
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Lincolnshire Jazz & Rock Academy's Artist Concert

7th January 2012

Simon was once again asked to lead the band at the 2012 Lincolnshire Jazz and Rock Academy’s Artist concert...
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Mercedes F1 Party with Rick

17th December 2011

Ross Brawn and his team enjoyed an evening with Rick Astley and the band at their Christmas party...
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60th anniversary of HWM Aston Martin

7th December 2011

Simon played cool 50's Jazz to celebrate 60 years of successful trading for the oldest Aston Martin dealership in the...
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Caravan Christmas Ball

3rd December 2011

Simon recently appeared with Rick Astley and the band at the annual Caravan Christmas Ball at the Majestic Hotel in...
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Jazz At The Reform Club

24th October 2011

A very select audience enjoyed an evening of Jazz at the world renowned Reform Club...
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Peter Kay Live 18th-22nd October 2011

18th October 2011

Simon joined the final week of Peter Kay's 'Tour that Doesn't Tour' with Rick and the band.
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Rick Astley Denmark Tour

14th October 2011

The Danish press and UK fanclub are saying that the three Rick Astley gigs in Denmark were his best ever!
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The Shooting Star Ball 2011

1st October 2011

Simon was delighted to be helping this fantastic charity - along with many other stars, Rick Astley and the band...
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Slam! entertain the Swedes...

30th September 2011

Simon's band 'Slam!' popped over to Sweden to celebrate the success of Qmatic's 'Cashier Number 3 Please'...
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Singapore Grand Prix

24th September 2011

'The loudest noise I have ever heard!'...no that wasn't the band, it was the F1 car engines starting at the...
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Simon launches new Trinity Guildhall Woodwind syllabus

18th August 2011

The Edinburgh Festival was buzzing this year, but one of the rare sell outs was Simon and Harry launching the...
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Workshops with North Yorkshire Wind & Concert Bands

14th July 2011

Simon led workshops and peformed as the guest soloist for the N. Yorkshire County Council's Music Service music courses...
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Simon & Harry cabaret show sells out again!

30th June 2011

Simon & Harry packed out three nights at London's foremost cabaret venue - The Pheasantry...
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Raising funds for the Fountain Centre

13th June 2011

Simon's band 'Jazz Impressions of Brubeck' were delighted to perform at Clandon Park to raisse money for The Fountain Centre...
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Peter Kay at the O2

6th June 2011

Simon joined Rick Astley to support Peter Kay once again at the O2 - "It was awesome!"...
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Paddy McGuinness's wedding

4th June 2011

Simon entertained the guests at the wedding of Paddy McGuiness and Christine Martin...
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Paul O'Grady Live!

29th April 2011

Simon has been making appearances on ITV's 'Paul O'Grady Live' TV show...
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5th February 2016

Simon is currently touring as Musical Director for TV presenter and comedian Alexander Armstrong whose album A Year of Songs......read more >

5th November 2015

As Alexander Armstrong's Musical Director, Simon appeared live and led the band and on the BBC 1's 'The One Show'.......read more >

2nd November 2015


Simon has a busy and exciting time over the next few
days in the media spotlight as Musical Director and woodwind......read more >
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