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reviews and testimonials

Events - testimonials
Corporate clients include


Transport for London

Leeds Gallery

Essex County Council

London First




Gok Wan

The Shard, London

St James, Piccadilly

Edinburgh Festival

Cliffs Pavilion

Palace Theatre

Hadleigh Castle Ruin

Middleton Hall, Hull

The Hermitage, Brentwood

Henlow Grange, Bedford

Leez Priory, Chelmsford

Layer Marney Tower

Gosford Hall, Halstead

Arington Rooms, Leigh on sea

RTM Studio, Kuching

Newlands Chapel, Kent

Otley Hall, Suffolk

Saxon Hall, Westcliff

Newland Hall, Chelmsford

St Lawrence's Church, Eastwood

Crondon Park GC, Stock

Yaxley Hall, Suffolk


Memorial Services

"Thanks for playing at the service, everyone thought you were perfect for the service."

Mark, Brentwood

"It is five years since you gave that wonderful performance......People still mention your wonderful playing at the memorial service. Thank-you once more."

Mr D J, North Wales

Concerts / Recitals

"I just wanted to write to you to say a huge thank you for playing at our wedding ..... The feedback I had from the guests, was fantastic.........I have to say you set the scene perfectly. My husband said he felt extremely emotional when you played Imagine ..... and my entrance was perfect, as was the exit music. I really cant thank you enough Jo."

Vanessa, Westcliff-on-sea


"I just wanted to say that you were the perfect choice for our garden party. We were absolutely thrilled with your guitar playing and we have received lots of compliments about you. You helped make our day very special and we just wanted to say:  Thank you Jo, you were fabulous :) "

Richard and Rena, Hadleigh, Essex


"I just want to say thank you so much for yesterday and bringing the sunshine too!

Everyone commented on your beautiful music."

Sara, Hadleigh, Suffolk


“Thank-you so much for playing at our wedding on the 29th. You were all we hoped for and more, fantastic!!”

Jeanette & Nick, Wickford


"Many thanks - and may you continue to bring beautiful music to our ears for many years."       

Callum, Thorpe Bay


"I would just like to thank you for coming and playing at my birthday celebrations. Everyone commented on your playing, your talent was very much admired."

M Bird, Shoeburyness


"Thank-you for all your hard work, the music was wonderful." 

J Colderwood, Stock


"Thank-you very much for the beautiful music you played at my daughter's wedding. Everyone loved the music and you helped towards a perfect day." 

M Warner, Maldon


"Just wanted to say 'Thank-you' for playing your wonderful music for our wedding day. All of our guests said how nice it was, and I think it made our day more special."

Angela and Jason, Chelmsford


"The Reception was a great success and I think the music provided by yourself contributed greatly to this."

Councillor Mrs W M Stevenson, Rochford


  "Just a note to say thank you so much for playing at Sarah and Graham's wedding reception. We had many compliments on your behalf and your music was a delight to listen to. Thanks for helping to make their wedding day a day to remember in every way."

Mr and Mrs Beaty, South Ockenden


“Thank-you so much for the delightful music that you played throughout our daughter's wedding. Everyone enjoyed listening to your guitar playing. The wedding wouldn't have been the same without your music and we will have no hesitation in recommending your services in the future.”

Mr and Mrs Pinks, Danbury


"We all appreciated your lovely playing at our 60th. Thanks very much."

Ken and Betty, Benfleet


"Thank you so much for playing so beautifully at our wedding – we thought it was delightful and I am very happy that our paths crossed at Piccadilly Circus...... all those months ago! It was lovely that you were an important part of our special day"

James and Ginny, Kent


"Thanks for your beautiful playing last night... it was much enjoyed by all (see below)

'.....The guitarist played beautifully, now I know why you bought her Cds Mary....' A & M "

Ian and Mary, Woodbridge


"We often think of your recital at.... [Woodbridge] ... and the pleasure you gave us all. One day we'd love to ask you again."

Peter and Nancy, Suffolk 


"Everyone commented on how lovely it was to hear you play and it made the event very special, so a big thank-you."

Keith and Angela, Pentlow, Essex


"It was a wonderful to meet you on the 23rd and a great pleasure to hear you play. I had some very good feedback from several of my family on your performance - they enjoyed the music and thought it was perfect for the occasion."

Edward, Lavenham, Suffolk


"Thank you so much for playing at my birthday dinner on Saturday. I had a lot of very complimentary comments about the music, so it definitely went down well."

 Mark, Guildford, Surrey

"Thanks very much for your lovely music on Saturday. We all enjoyed it so much."


"Thank-you, Jo, for your beautiful playing - and for fitting in my requests."

Steve and Sophia



"Jo Simmonds' guitar interpretations had much poetry and the account of John Dowland's 'Melencholy Galliard' exhibited a beautifully pronounced melody."

Hull Times

"...the very accomplished guitarist from Essex.... guitar societies who may use Jo Simmonds' talents would be assured of a very satisfying evening's musical entertainment."

Charles Scott, Chester Guitar Circle

"Jo Simmonds' playing is extremely musical... the phrasing was very alive and each argument and counter argument clearly defined... it was the first time I got the feeling that this [Fantasia on La Traviata] was operatic and the tunes were vocal lines, with pathos and drama... altogether an artist, who we are looking forward to hearing again."

Sidney Harland, Scarborough Guitar Society

"Frank Martin's 'Plainte'.... confirmed the guitarist's [Jo Simmonds] undoubted musician ship. [La Traviata] was stylish, often thrilling..."

Jack Whitfield, Humberstone

"The respect accorded to the guitarist throughout s demanding recital was a true reflection of the performer's ability. Jo Simmonds never put a foot wrong stylistically, with immaculate pace and timing and balance, tackled the programme with self assurance and skill... a player of more than usual promise..."

Colin Cooper, Classical Guitar Magazine

"Jo Simmonds plays the guitar most beautifully......that was absolutely beautiful."

Steve Scruten, BBC Essex

"Jo of my favourite and most admired students... always full of energy and initiative, as well as enormous abilities artistically and intellectually."

Graham Wade, Leeds

"It was a really lovely evening, people enjoyed it so much. Lots of good feedback...... too"

Proprietor 'Tesoro' Leigh-on-sea

"Jo. I loved it. Every melody was pleasant, some unknown - most were known. All touched the emotions. Thank YOU for the hours of practice. xx"

Pat, Leigh-on-sea

"It was an exceptional and diverse selection you played. Looking forward to the next CD."

Cathy Darby, Leigh-on-sea

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