Simon hopes to hit right note with music school

Musician Simon Halliday hopes to have hit the right note with his latest career move.

Thursday, 21st August 2014, 8:30 am
Simon (front) at the Legato open day

The graduate of St Martin’s College, Lancaster, who has worked as a supporting 
artist with stars such as Peter Kay, has opened a new music school in the centre of Garstang.

The Legato School, on High Street, was recently the venue for a series of summer holiday music courses for eight to 12-year-olds.

Youngsters were able to learn about musical theory and history, take singing and instrumental lessons, attempt quizzes and even had the opportunity to compose music.

The five half-day courses, culminated in a performance by the youngsters for friends and family.

Simon, who is a member of Lancaster Singers’ Choir, is also a self-published author of children’s fiction, penning a series of Peter Black mysteries.

He has 20 years of teaching experience and spent 10 years with Music For Families in Blackburn prior to opening Legato.

Setting up the music school was, he said a “long-term dream” and that the opportunity to open in the town had been “too good to miss.”

The performing arts graduate, who is also organist and choirmaster at St Andrew’s Church, Cottam, is joined at the school by staff member singer and voice coach Kelly Anne Sharp, who has a qualification in speech and language therapy.

The school, which will offers lessons in piano, keyboard, organ, guitar (acoustic and electric) and singing is set to open 9am to 9pm. A new “Music for Fun” course will start in September.

Legato hosted an open day in July which included live music by Lancaster based group The Howling Clowns and performances by Kelly Sharp, Alex Phillips, David Ackroyd and Simon.