Neil as choirboy, c1967
I started piano lessons at the age of five, passed ABRSM exams
up to grade 8 and studied piano with
at York University.
I started singing in a church choir at the age of 10 (see picture!) and attended two residential
RSCM courses, from where
I was selected to attend cathedral courses at Westminster Abbey and Norwich Cathedral.
I was appointed organist and choirmaster of Holy Trinity Church, Rugby, at the age of 17
before I left school. I then sang with the University of York choir.|
I joined the choir of St. Mary's Osterley in 1978 and was also deputy organist for 20 years. During the late 1970s and early 1980, I conducted a very small madrigal choir which met in the front room of a house.
I joined Whitton Choral Society in 1997, and sometimes
conducted rehearsals for them. Following the death of the Director of Music in April 2009, I was appointed to that position.
I conduct weekly rehearsals and direct three concerts a year, which sometimes involves professional soloists.
From 2007 to 2009, I sung with The Hythe Singers,
a chamber choir based in Egham Hythe near Staines, Surrey and set up their web site for them.
A composition of mine, "The first snow of the year" was performed by them at Christmas 2008, and I sometimes get asked to help them out by singing at their concerts. In August 2012, I conducted this choir at short notice at the Egham Royal Show.
I have also sometimes sung with the University of London Church Choir
and have sung with them in Southwark
Cathedral many times over the last ten years, at Lambeth Palace three times for the
Archbishop's award ceremony, and at
St. Alban's Cathedral. I also sing with Kingston upon Thames Madrigal Society, and conducted half of a rehearsal for them at short notice in December 2015.
Once a year, from 2000 to 2004, I conducted an ad-hoc choir of 50-70 singers in St. Paul's Cathedral for the
Mothers' Union London Diocese.
In June 2015, I was asked to conduct the same service again, at quite short notice, and I also did it in 2016 and 2017.
In 2004, I conducted a Hounslow Deanery combined choir for a service in
In December 2006, I was asked to write a piece of music for a
Hounslow Symphony Orchestra concert
to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the church -
I called it Sesquicentennial Fantasia.