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About Me

Simon M Milton graduated from the University of Reading with a combined honours degree in Music and Physics. After training as a teacher at Trent Park College in North London he taught for a number of years before moving to Munich to study oboe at the Richard Strauss Conservatoire with Gernot Schmalfuss. After two years he returned to Britain to continue his studies at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester supported by a scholarship from the Arts Council.

He is now resident in Scotland where he is well known as oboist, teacher, conductor and arranger. He works as woodwind instructor for Fife Council and is also visiting teacher of oboe at the University of St Andrews. He has acted as oboe tutor for the Aberdeen Festival Summer School and also for the Summer School run by the Scottish School's Orchestral Trust.

In 1992 he was awarded the degree of MMus with distinction by the University of Sheffield.

He has made reductions of the orchestral accompaniments of many operas, initially for his own company in Scotland, but later for other companies, particularly in Denmark. For the Aarhus Summer Opera he has arranged La Clemenza di Tito, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail and, most recently, L'Elisir d'Amore. For the Fyn Opera he has arranged La Cenerentola and Die Zauberfloete, that company also performed the versions of Figaro and Cosi. For the Oestre Gasvaerk Theatre in Copenhagen he has arranged the music for a production of Peter Schaffer's Amadeus. And for the North Jutland Opera he has arranged the music of Verdi's Macbeth for an orchestra of five instrumentalists and, for school performances of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia, he reduced the accompaniment for violin and guitar.

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