Simon Estell

Professorial Staff - Bassoon and Contra Bassoon


Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
Faculty of Music
King Charles Court
Old Royal Naval College
SE10 9JF

Tel: +44 (0)20 8305 4444

Area of Work

Wind, Brass & Percussion Department


Simon Estell grew up in Yorkshire and started to play the bassoon at the age of seven. He studied with Stephen Reay in Newcastle and then spent a year at Leeds College of Music with Sebastian New before moving to the Royal Academy of Music to study bassoon with John Orford and Gareth Newman, and contra bassoon with David Chatterton. After enjoying a freelance career for some years, he joined the London Philharmonic Orchestra in 2002 as Principal Contra Bassoon.