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Simon Deacon

Simon Deacon has been teaching at Goldsmiths since 2002 and became a permanent member of the teaching staff in 2008. He holds undergraduate degrees in Theatre from Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, Music from Goldsmiths and a Master of Music in Jazz Composition from The Manhattan School of Music, as a Fulbright Scholar.

As Director of Popular Music Performance Simon has overseen the presentation of masterclasses, talks & workshops (including Jessie Ware, Ghostpoet, Katy B, Nigel Goodrich, Mica Levi) and the development of performance culture in popular music in the department. In addition to College based activities, including a regular and successful showcase night at the Students Union, the Goldsmiths Music Collective, collaborations and events have included: Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble (directed by ESKA) with the Matthew Herbert Big Band at the Royal Festival Hall (for the London Jazz Festival), The Barbican (for the British Council’s 75th birthday), Glastonbury & backing (amongst others) Jessie Ware & Floating Points; Goldsmiths Big String (directed by Julian Ferraretto) with the Neil Cowley Trio at the Barbican (for the London Jazz Festival), Antonio Forccione at the Purcell Room, ESKA (at The Roundhouse).