Simon Dobson was awarded a scholarship to study composition at the Royal College of Music, London, and during his time there studied with Timothy Salter, Theo Verby and George Benjamin.
He is a winner of the Brass Section, Cornwall Young Composer Competition (1997), winner of the European Composers’ Competition, Brussels, Belgium (2002) and 4BarsRest Newcomer of the Year (2002). In 2009 he was shortlisted for a British Composer Award in the Wind Band or Brass Band category for his work Penlee and in 2012 he won in this category for his piece A Symphony Of Colours.
Diversions After Benjamin Britten: Four Centenary Tributes for Brass Band was commissioned by Paul Hindmarsh for the 2013 Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass. It had its world premiere on the 26 January 2013 at the Royal Northern College of Music Festival of Brass, Manchester, performed by the Tredegar Band with RNCM students performing the separate fanfares.