Simon is as much an artist as a technician, demanding perfection and silence when he tunes as if performing for an audience. He has tuned for the Ulverston Festival for over five years where we have used different pianos, but our total satisfaction in the result has always been the same.
Anthony Hewitt http://www.anthonyhewitt.co.uk/
When we acquired a Steinway B piano for use in Levens Hall at concerts and charity events, we were very pleased to find that Simon Wroe not only lived near us but that we had such an excellent and experienced concert tuner to look after our piano. Simon is conscientious, skilled and helpful and we would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone who cares about maintaining their piano to the highest standard.
Susan Bagot, Levens Hall http://www.levenshall.co.uk/
We are delighted to work with Simon at Rosehill. His work is of a very high standard, he is quick and responsive to our needs and gives invaluable advice on all matters related to pianos. Our Steinway is an older piano, in need of great care and attention which Simon gives it bringing out its best for the international pianists that perform on it. He is well connected in the Cumbrian musical world and further afield which provides added value and interest to his visits and discussions when he is with us.
Richard Elder, Rosehill Theatre http://www.rosehilltheatre.co.uk/
I have known & worked with Simon closely over the last 7 years at Guildhall and have the highest praise for the quality of work he has done. His technical expertise in maintaining a large fleet of pianos to the highest international standards as well as his unfailing professionalism and dedication have been remarkable and I have no hesitation in giving him the highest recommendation
Ronan O'Hora, Head of Keyboard Studies on my leaving the Guildhall School of music in 2006.
Guildhall School of music & Drama, Barbican, London http://www.gsmd.ac.uk/music/staff/senior_staff/department/15-senior-staff/192-ronan-ohora
Simon maintains and tunes the Boston Grand piano ,owned by Cockermouth Music Society and used for its professional concerts. Simon is highly experienced and qualified in the tuning and maintenance of grand and upright pianos. He is always punctual, gets on with the job and is polite, charming and extremely knowledgeable. I have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone who requires his services.
Susan Allison, Concert Secretary, Cockermouth Music Society . http://www.cockermouth-music-society.org.uk/
Luckily 6 years ago we met Simon Wroe and he has not only tuned our Steinway Model B before each of our 6 concerts per year but has detected and corrected many of the faults that were affecting the performances of our guest pianists. He not only unfailingly turns up to tune but has worked with us within the budget we could afford. This meant estimating the cost of working on each defective part of the movement, and his invoices have never exceeded the estimate. The result has been amazing. Returning pianists regularly ask us what we have done to so improve the tone and touch. In fact one asked us if it was a different instrument!
We cannot recommend Simon’s work highly enough.
Stephanie Leadbetter, Secretary. Grange-over-Sands Concert Club http://www.yourguide2thelakedistrict.co.uk/grange-concert-club-i916.html
The best piano tuner in Cumbria!
Ursula Levaux http://www.ursulaleveaux.com/
Simon is professional and reliable and since 2006 we have used him for tuning our Steinway model C, which has been used by a variety of performers including Martin Roscoe, Gwilym Simcock. Django Bates, Phronesis, Milestones, and many others all of whom who have been 100% satisfied with the quality of the tuning and preparation.
Brewery Arts Centre, Kendal http://www.breweryarts.co.uk/music
Thank you so much for regulating my piano. It is a joy to play
Denise Carlyle, Lancaster
Amazing new piano today after your service on it yesterday! I cannot believe how good it sounds! I even like my own playing!!!
Fiona Butcher, Millom.
& finally, for the polyglots!
Passavant Studios , Jura, France. http://www.passavantmusic.com/
Notre Gaveau est un modèle non répertorié de 2,45m. Rare mais on peut imaginer pourquoi Gaveau n’en fabriqua pas beaucoup. Aucun document n’atteste de l’existence de ce modèle. C’est un vrai Gaveau qui a séjourné pendant plus de4 ans à Passavant de 1998 à 2003. Le propriétaire est le compositeur Thierry Machuel qui me l’avait confié pendant son séjour à la Villa Medicis à Rome puis à la Casa Velasquez à Madrid.
Il se trouve que cet instrument nécessitait une remise en état en profondeur et nous avons commencé par le réglage complet de la mécanique. C’est un technicien anglais, Simon Wroe, qui est venu passer une semaine pour travailler sur le clavier qui fut intégralement démonté. L’étape suivante devait être le changement des marteaux car ceux qui équipaient le piano
n’étaient pas les modèles d’origine mais des marteaux de mauvaise qualité avec peu de feutre, juste assez efficaces pour faire illusion le jour de l’achat. Autant dire que c’était une arnaque car les feutres se sont tassés rapidement, donnant presque l’illusion d’un pianoforte mais avec la vélocité et le toucher d’un piano moderne. Ce son si particulier et pas du tout Gaveau dans le haut nous amusa et nous nous sommes demandés ce que nous pourrions en faire. L’enregistrement de Scarlatti puis de Haydn fut décidé et ce disque rencontra un succès estimable. La boîte à musique l’a beaucoup soutenu et Frédéric Lodéon en passa un mouvement dans son émission, trouvant le choix du piano plus intéressant pour lui que s’il s’était agi d’un vrai pianoforte.