Music Teacher of the Year

Simon Router. Photo by Richard Johnson
Simon Router. Photo by Richard Johnson

A Luton Music teacher was honoured at the Classic FM Music Teacher of the Year awards on Tuesday, November 11, at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Simon Router of the council’s Luton Music Service was presented with the Peripatetic Music Teacher of the Year award.

The judges commented: “Simon is an inspiration to hundreds of aspiring brass players in and around Luton.

“His teaching is mainly peripatetic, with individual tuition in a wide range of primary and secondary schools.

“Alongside individual one-to-one tuition, Simon conducts wind, brass and jazz bands, plus orchestras across the whole of Luton Music Service, many of which he has founded himself.”

He will receive musical equipment and instruments from Yamaha and software from Avid’s Sibelius music education range for his work, as well as a prize from the Musicians’ Union.

Mr Router said: “It is an unbelievable award to be given. I am very grateful to the students and parents who nominated me. Without their hard work and the support of Luton Music Service, this would not have been possible.”

Councillor Waheed Akbar said: “The Luton Music Service delivers high quality tuition for children and young people throughout the town and this is due to teachers like Simon who have the ability to inspire and motivate students to the highest levels.

“Well done Simon for this outstanding accolade which is well deserved.”