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Mr Simon Long MISM
Kirsten Date: March 2014
Simon, I just want to send you a huge thank you for my daughter Harriet who has just received a distinction for her level 2 musical theatre exam. We are all still on cloud nine! Harriet has had some speech and language problems, but seemed to show an aptitude for singing. Your lessons have really helped her vocally with her singing and her speech and we cannot thank you enough. You were supportive to Harriet (and me) and your singing lessons are the highlight of her week. This has proved such a boost to her confidence allowing her to come first in a talent competition at school and in a separate occasion sing in front of the entire school for Red Nose Day - which she was thrilled about. Again thank you Simon, your teaching has really brought out the best in Harriet's voice and ability and we as a family look forward to seeing just how far Harriet can progress with her singing and your support. Thank you again Kirsten - Waterlooville
Debbie Date: March 2014
Simon has been my daughters singing tutor for three years now. She has just passed her grade 3 musical theatre exam with a 99% score (upper distinction). She achieved the grade in a previous exam also. All of this is due to Simons teaching and the techniques that he uses, he teaches each student on an individual basis according to their needs and abilities. He gives them a learning programme tailored to their ongoing requirements. The online access is brilliant and helpful, by going on the “Fine Voice” website students can learn vocal warming up exercises or access resources appropriate to the grade they are working towards. Help is only a click away, as Simon always responds very quickly to any queries or questions you might have. My daughter has gained in confidence and pride due to her hard work and Simon's passion for music.. Thanks Simon!
Carolyn Date: March 2014
Hello Simon, I just wanted to say 'thank you' for such a fun evening at Friday's singing group, I didn't stop smiling from the time I entered the room. It was fun, uplifting and therapeutic in all manner of ways. The benefits I felt from just 1 session are truly amazing. Take care , see you soon.
Maureen Date: March 2014
Thank you for Saturday. You and your students were fabulous. Let them know that everyone enjoyed it. Thanks again. I had a very memorable and happy celebration.
Frank Date: March 2014
Simon is a great teacher and under his guidance we have all come on in leaps and bounds and it shows in the sounds we are making in the choir now. I know I will speak for us all when I thank Simon for all his efforts in improving the quality of our singing.
Anna Date: March 2014
Opera is all about telling exciting, larger than life stories in which fantastic and sometimes unbelievable things happen. This also applies to the old Neapolitan songs which Simon Long also sang with genuine tenderness for my Mother’s birthday. Simon Long took centre-stage and thrilled my mother and her guests with several heartfelt arias... Simon has a show-stealing air about him with his grace and animation, and a variety in the voice that contrasts pleasingly with L Pavarotti. My mother said the tenor; ‘sang like Luciano’; and she said Simons Italian pronunciation was particularly good; this is wonderful testimony to Simon as my mother is Italian. She was born in Naples, Italy and grew up listening to the familiar songs of Napoli including ‘O Sole Mio’ and ‘Funiculi Funicula’ as well as ‘Torna a Surriento’.His performance was pleasing both physically and vocally. He sang with gusto and handled La Donna e Moblie, 'Il Pagliacci' and Nessun Dorma with extraordinary precision. The music was beautiful, with some really touching moments. My mother and her guests were left singing the last song long into the night.
Merylyn Date: May 2014
Hi Simon Thank you for the lesson Weds. I achieved with your expert teaching a position in the voice that was beyond my wildest expectations, plus did not feel nervous. Looking forward to working with you more. I am practising the exercises daily. Thank you once again All the best
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Date: May 2014
Dear Simon Thank you so much for all your hard work and for giving up your time for the Songs of the the Stage event and "Opera at the Tower" event. Both events were extremely successful and thoroughly enjoyed by everyone. The performers were very professional and exceptionally talented and the standard of singing was excellent. The Quay of Sea Voices was an inspiration. I very much look forward to seeing you again. Yours sincerely Councillor Lynne Stagg Lord Mayor of Portsmouth
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Date: May 2014
It`s lovely to hear from you and I`m more than happy for you to use my letter for your publicity. Today I was at the Mayor of Eastleigh`s Civic Day at which there were several mayors most of whom had attended one or both of the concerts you did for me at the Square Tower and all of them said they were the best evenings they had experienced! I would love you to do a concert or two in the coming year for some different local charities such as Wessex Cancer Trust and Off the Record. .............. Your coming year sounds very exciting! Good luck to all of you. You deserve it. Counillor Lynne Stagg, Lord Mayor of Portsmouth
Russell Hunt Date: December 2014
Hello Simon, My name is Russell Hunt and I attended the Rock Around The Quay concert last night. I am a musician myself and I just wanted to say how fantastic I thought the show and the solo performers were last night! In particular, one of your students absolutely blew me away with all of her performances........ Having completed work stints with both Universal and Sony, I have A&R contacts within Decca Records, who look after Andrea Bocelli/Laura Wright/Alfie Boe etc. I would love to forward her on to them as I believe she has incredible potential if she finds the right people! Also, I think that what you do is inspirational and your performance of 'Maria' last night was absolutely stunning.
Kirsten Date: January 2015
The Fine Voice Academy is such a joy to be part of. You have a group of fabulous, talented and friendly young people who we have watched grow and develop as singers who are just a joy. Fine Voice Academy has provided an opportunity for Harriet that we never knew was there. We love being part of Fine Voice for the absolute joy we get from watching the opportunities open up and the Academy grow from strength to strength. We also love it because we have made such wonderful new friends too. Fine Voice Academy has opened up a new avenue for us and I can recommend to anyone to come along and join us. Thank you Simon.
Paul Date: October 2015
I just want to write to say that I am grateful for involvement in the Choir. Although I have been to only two sessions, I have really enjoyed them - particularly last Friday's session. I also wanted to congratulate you on this choir, made up of such a lovely & willing group of people! It isn't often one comes across a group enthusiastic for singing, & with a good & worthwhile 'cause', - but also a choir with such a personal bond!! This blend makes for an authentic sound & performance. Last Fridays' rehearsal was eye opening for me, in the way that members entered into the singing, then breaking out into spontaneous applause after a couple of the songs we went through, signalling genuine enjoyment at their achievement. From my own limited & out of practice experience, I appreciate your positive approach to directing the choir in rehearsals - with your great experience, along with a patient & down to earth manner, yet with an eye & ear for detail, bringing out the best in the group. And... all on a Friday night!!!! It is not often one gets feedback of any kind! But I just felt I had to write to express my own personal reaction to participating in the group. I hope to be able to continue, & look forward to doing so.
June Morton HR Director Naomi House Date: October 2015
19 September 2015 Dear Simon & Choir Thank you so much for attending our annual open day and fete last Saturday. Your choir were very professional and cheerful, I hope they enjoyed themselves as much as our visitors did listening to them sing. We had excellent attendance. The weather was extremely kind to us and we raised around £10,000. We had some wonderful comments from children and families so thank you so much for helping us make the event such a success. With much appreciation and kind regards June Morton HR Director
Sue Date: November 2017
"I would highly recommend Simon as a singing teacher. He has recently started working with my daughter and has achieved a huge amount of progress in a very short time; with Simon's expertise, after only a few hours of lessons, she is now singing notes she thought she couldn't reach. Simon recently assisted with preparation for a very short-notice audition and was enormously helpful, coaching not only singing technique but performance too which really helped to increase confidence. Sue"

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