Simon Ireson – Harmonium/Keyboard
Simon began learning the piano with Barbara Edwards from the age of six and passed Grade 8 while studying for his A-Levels. Whilst working towards a degree in Mathematics and Physics at the University of East Anglia, he began teaching piano to students of all ages. However, upon graduation Simon decided to pursue a career in technology. Despite fifteen years in gainful employment, Simon has never stopped playing the piano and, along with performing at private functions, he has been teaching piano at his home in Norwich as well as studying music at any available moment.
In 2008 Simon made the decision to make music his career. Resuming his piano studies, he obtained both the LRSM and ALCM in Piano Performance. Additionally, Simon brought his studies into focus by delivering a number of classical music lectures for various community groups. This renewed focus leading him to enrol on the Masters in Performance course at the UEA where he studied piano with the eminent pianist Christopher Green-Armytage. A highlight of this course was a performance of Mendelssohn’s G-Minor Concerto with the UEA Symphony Orchestra at St. Andrew’s Hall.
Bryant Marriott – Drums/Percussion
Bryant started playing the drums in the 1950s in a school dance band under the tuition of Max Abrams, a well known drummer and teacher in London at the time. He played in the Oxford University Jazz Band in the early 1960s and was a semi-pro in London throughout the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Since the early 90’s, he has lived in Norfolk where he has played in a variety of ensembles ranging from the Norfolk Symphony Orchestra to the family rock band, and a wide selection of wind, concert and brass bands inbetween. Currently he plays with the Hunstanton Concert Band.
Bob Settle – Timpani/Percussion
Bob started playing the timpani in 1969 when his piano teacher in his native Middlesbrough introduced him to the Thornaby Pavillion Orchestra. Whilst studying for a career in chemistry his interest in percussion grew, leading him to experience many different musical styles and percussion instruments. Playing percussion has remained a lifelong interest. His professional career as an industrial chemist has taken him to many parts of the UK, finally ending up in Norfolk. As well as with the Imperial Vienna Orchestra, Bob currently plays in the following ensembles:
Bury St Edmunds Concert Band – Drums
Bury St Edmunds Friendly Orchestra – Timpani
Bridgham and East Harling Concert Band – Timpani
Jurassic Rock – Drums