Playing Testimonials

Bernadette Peters
It's always a huge pleasure when I step on the podium, scan faces in an orchestra I'm about to conduct, and catch sight of Simon Hutchings. I'm flooded with instant relief on at least two points: 1) I know the solo work coming from his chair will be impeccable and inspiring and 2) he'll lead the section brilliantly. As Bernadette Peters' personal conductor for over 40 years, I can assure you this is akin to spotting a light house which might well mean the difference between a smooth landing or a potential disaster.
Simon's classical training, his spot-on understanding of musical theatre, and an uncanny ability to swing-with-the-best-of-them puts him in the forefront of "players you really want to work with." Add to that a delicious sense of humor and rehearsal/performance decorum that one rarely finds outside his native England, and you've served up the consummate woodwind virtuoso. In short, the guy really the BEST possible way!

Marvin Laird - Conductor, Music Director for Bernadette Peters
Sal Lozano - LA Studio Musician
"I met Simon in 2010 and have since known him to be a wonderful musician and a true professional. The music community in the state of Florida is very lucky to have him. He is a true Woodwind Specialist."

Sal Lozano - Woodwinds
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Dancing with the Stars Orchestra
"West Side Story" & "A Chorus Line" National Tours
"Simon is a first rate reed doubler whose musicality, experience and high level of playing are consistently evident in every performance. His professionalism creates a focused and attentive energy which sets the bar high, and positively influences the entire ensemble."

John O'Neill - Music Director/Conductor
West Side Story, A Chorus Line National Tours
"Wicked" National Tour
"Simon Hutchings was a beautiful addition to our Wicked orchestra. I found his playing to be energized, sensitive and intently focused. Having had the pleasure of performing different runs in several different markets with Simon, I found his consistency to be a great asset. I also have fond memories of the few places where he could make moments his own, adding a colorful personality to our orchestra."

Adam Souza
Music Director/Conductor - WICKED Munchkinland Tour
Joseph Wytko - Saxophone Soloist and Pedagogue
"Simon Hutchings is a highly thoughtful, versatile professional musician, and an individual who brings nothing but first-class credit to any musical environment."

Joseph Wytko
Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University
Artist-Clinician: Selmer Paris & Conn-Selmer USA
"Chicago" National Tour
"On my travels on the National Tour of "Chicago," Simon Hutchings was one of the most talented musicians I encountered. His musicianship on the Reed 1 book was exemplary. He is true talent."

Vincent Fanuele
Music Director
Florida Music Contractor
"Over the past few years I have been associated with Simon Hutchings in a wide variety of musical settings. In association with the Craig Turley Orchestras, Simon has performed on Celebrity Shows, Broadway Musicals, Corporate Events, and Industrial Shows, as well as playing Lead Alto on our “Big Band” CD. These performance settings showcase Simon’s ability as a woodwind doubler who also exemplifies himself as a fine musician."

Craig Turley
Craig Turley Orchestras, LLC


Brown: Gumbo Hump
O'Reilly: Willie Nillie
Smith: Mood Music I
Scarlatti: Sonata (K9)
Dubois: Variations
Ilyinsky: Cradle Song
Porter: Begin the Beguine (Warner Bros. Music)
Raskin/Mercer: Laura (EMI Robbins Catalog, Inc.)
Carmichael: Stardust (Songs of Peer, LTD.)
David: Introduction
Creston: Mvt. I - With Vigor
Noda: Phoenix for Solo Saxophone
Heavenly Seven: Swing Daddy
Shay/Fisher/Goodwin: When You're Smiling
Handel: Mvt. IV - Allegro
Harvey: Mvt. III - Squirtzetto
Gershwin: Soon
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