Warwickshire music stalwart’s final encore after 29 years of teaching

Simon Grimshaw
Simon Grimshaw

One of the stalwarts of music education in Warwickshire will take his last encore when he steps down after 29 years.

Simon Grimshaw will leave the County Music Service at the end of next month .

Hailed by the music service as a “true children’s champion”, there is no job within it that he has not done, including stepping in as director when required, said colleagues.

In his current role as central area manager he has organised music lessons for thousands of children and has “created magical musical events for countless more through his energy, passion and drive” said the service. Jeremy Dibb, director of service, said: “Simon is one of those unique colleagues who is totally committed to doing his very best for young people.

“His contribution to the County Music Service over such a long period is simply without comparison. He will be sorely missed but he leaves an inspirational legacy of music making behind him.”

Simon, aged 59, who lives in Stretton-on-Dunsmore with his wife Trish, said he felt honoured by the praise, saying: “It’s been a marvellous experience and it’s been a pleasure and a privilege working for the County Music Service.”

The pianist and trumpet player and choir singer added: “My memories will be of a really healthy, vibrant and forward-looking music service with hugely talented teachers, supported by an admin team which are as passionate about music as everyone else.”