Simon's presentations on the GCSE set works cover history, analysis (melody, harmony, tonality, structure, sonority, texture etc.), performing traditions, other useful and relevant repertoire, discussion of available recordings and of course, illustrating examples at the piano and performances of complete movements.
The repertoire and syllabuses covered include:
Area of Study 2: The Concerto through time
Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 1 in C Op. 15 Rachmaninoff Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18
[Also the general areas of ‘the Classical Concerto’ and ‘the Romantic Concerto’, involving the piano and other instruments]
Component 3: Appraising
Beethoven Sonata in C minor Op. 13 'Pathétique' (1st movement)
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, I (for examination in 2020) Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21, II & III (for examination in 2021)
Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650-1910
The piano music of Chopin and Schumann
* Simon is also available to give masterclasses to students taking performing modules. ** Other musicians are available to join the presentation team for sessions relating to chamber music.