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Simon Benjamin Partridge

Senior Lecturer
School of Arts and Media

Simon Partridge is a performer, guitarist, improviser, band musician, workshop leader and music educator. He has twenty years of experience working with students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. He continues to provide vital interface between academia, the music industry and the wider artistic community.​

Simon currently leads and facilitates modules combining practical, theoretical and vocational aspects across the BA and Masters in Music courses. Alongside live music and grassroots venues, he champions interdisciplinary practice e.g. annual collaborations with UCLan Dance. He supports his students in forming and maintaining networks vital to their artistic and professional development and are constantly working with venues, industry professionals and practitioners from other disciplines to build their skills, experience and careers.

He is currently studying for a Professional Doctorate through his research into group musical improvisation. Since 2013 he has lead the Cold Bath Street Band - practice-led research into group improvisation. This project involves current students, alumni and external artists from China, America, Canada, France and Hebden Bridge. As well as performing and delivering workshops regularly, the band has released three albums and is signed to the our UCLan Recordings label. Further information at ​

In 30 years as a professional musician Simon has performed and recorded nationally and internationally whilst also maintaining passionately his belief in the importance of and involvement with local community music.

Following initial training at Huddersfield Technical College, his practice initially developed within progressive rock groups which lead to him being signed at 22 and working internationally through an independent label. Looking to further develop beyond these boundaries brought him to academia, where he was tutored and mentored by leading arts educator Colin Murrell. Following his undergraduate study, Simon pursued work as a commercial videographer where his self-employed work was supported by the Princes Trust.

Simon was asked to return to UCLan to tutor in Contemporary Music in 2001-2. Alongside working at Preston campus he also worked at Burnley College under the mentorship of chair of the UCLan Creative Practice Research Academy Dr Les Gillon and helped in writing and delivering the Foundation Degree in Music. Alongside his teaching work, he developed and maintained a highly successful club and corporate entertainment profile which fuelled his work with students.

Since 2014 Simon's artistic work and subsequently his research, has focused on group improvisation including regular live performances, recordings and workshops including facilitating regular sessions with Philip Morton of the Improvisers Network. His group Cold Bath Street have worked with artists including Carl Palmer (ELP), Chris Corsano and Damo Suzuki. Their latest album 'Return to Earth' (2019) was released through UCLan Recordings.
Alongside Cold Bath Street Simon has maintained regular collaboration with other artists including The Terry Logan Band (2013-16), Fire Tower 4 (2017-present) and producer Paul Hutchinson. He has acted as consultant for Matamp and for guitar designers Brian and Michael Eastwood.

Outside of music, Simon produced 'Liverpool Labour Police Striker', a short film documenting the aftermath of the 1919 police strike which was screened in Liverpool, Salford and Preston.