Neil is a sought after and renowned choral director, organist, piano accompanist, teacher and coach, based in the North West of England.
After winning a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, he held appointments at St Albans and Norwich Cathedrals, and was Organist and Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral from 1997 to 2016. During his time in Sheffield, the cathedral choir toured both at home and abroad (including Germany, Holland, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the USA) and broadcast frequently on BBC Radios 2 & 3. His CD Recordings include Music for a Millennium, a Classic FM Magazine CD of the Year Award Winner, and nine CD recordings with the cathedral choir, all to high critical acclaim.
As solo organist, he has played at many of the major venues in the UK, and has worked with the Hallé, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia and the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera.
He is Music Director of St George’s Singers, Manchester, The Sheffield Chorale, and Artistic Director of the Keele Bach Choir; he appears frequently with the BBC as Musical Director and Organist on BBC Daily Service and Sunday Worship.
In his spare time he enjoys reading and walking. A keen cook, he is also an enthusiast of real ales and good wines.
When he joined The Sheffield Chorale in 2011 Neil was also Director of Music at Sheffield Cathedral, but in recent years has relocated ‘over the Pennines’ and considerably expanded his reputation in Greater Manchester and surrounding areas and now feels the time is right to step down from the choir. During his nearly nine years tenure, the Choir has consistently achieved an excellent standard of singing and musicianship.
A recruitment campaign to seek a new Musical Director to succeed Neil has now commenced. Click here to see the advertisement.