Pianist. Vocalist. Conductor.

About Me

“Neil is a very talented musician – pianist, singer and conductor . . . I was very impressed by his natural ability and flair…”
John Anderson – Principal Lecturer in Performance, Leeds College of Music


Neil Balfour prides himself in performing a diverse range of music. He is a young and enthusiastic pianist, vocalist and conductor with performing experience in classical, pop/rock, jazz, musical theatre and Indian music. He is the director of PianoLab, conducts for four theatre companies in Yorkshire and sings opera for a professional company. He also currently tours the UK with pop orchestral sensation `Arthur Rigby and The Baskervylles` and `Undercovered` function band.

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Pianist

“Dear Neil,
I wanted to write to thank you again for the delightful performance you gave my mother, her family and friends last Saturday. It was the highlight of our celebrations. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed it and appreciated not only the musical variety, but the way you interacted with the audience (especially the younger members).
On behalf of my family, I wish you all the best, and a long and fruitful musical career.
With kind regards,
Malcolm and Family”

Neil performs as a solo pianist, accompanist and repetiteur. His solo recitals include repertoire by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Bartok, Debussy, Elgar, Ligeti, Schoenberg, Arvo Pärt, Chick Corea, Erik Satie, Ludivico Einaudi, Philip Glass and also his own compositions.

As an accompanist and repetiteur he has played for many different shows including Honk and Shout as well as accompanying singers, instrumentalists and dancers for graded exams and concerts.

Neil is available to hire as a function piano player and has vast amounts of music in his repertoire, including songs from West End musicals, pop arrangements of current and old chart hits, jazz standards and classical piano pieces. A composer as well as a pianist, Neil can arrange any song to suit your needs on your special day. Whether it is a corporate event, wedding, anniversary, birthday party or concert performance, Neil can accommodate your needs. For any venue lacking a piano, he can provide a fantastic and sleek looking digital piano, which can also be used during wedding ceremonies to give a very realistic and powerful church organ tone.

Vocalist

“Neil is an highly able and extremely versatile young musician of immense promise. He has a highly professional attitude to all that he undertakes and will make an entirely admirable member of the profession.”
Dr Simon Lindley FRCO, FTCL – Organist of Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Parish Church Senior Assistant Music Officer, Leeds City Council

Neil is a bass-baritone and solos have included repertoire from composers Leonard Bernstein, Kurt Weill, Roger Quilter, Benjamin Britten and Mozart for the Leeds Guild Choir, Leeds Parish Church Choir and the LCM Chamber Choir. He has sung in venues ranging from recital rooms to St. Paul’s Cathedral and appeared on live Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Opera is a huge passion of Neil’s and he has sung as a principal baritone in LCoM’s production of Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Offenbach’s Christopher Columbus, Franz von Suppe’s Ten Belles Without a Ring and Kurt Weill’s The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken. He currently sings for Young Opera Venture, a professional Opera company based in Yorkshire aiming to showcase young talent.

Neil is available to hire for studio session work and as a function singer. For examples of his work please visit the audio/video page.


Conductor

“Neil is a very talented musician – pianist, singer and conductor… I was very impressed by his natural ability and flair for his conducting technique. He has a very pleasant personality and is easily able to inspire confidence…”
John Anderson – Principal Lecturer in Performance, Leeds College of Music

As a conductor Neil rehearses and conducts orchestras, choirs and theatre companies from the Bradford Players to Leeds College of Music Sinfonietta performing repertoire from Mendelssohn Symphonies and Beethoven Piano Concertos to musicals such as Shout!, Cinderella and Glee as well as contemporary pieces by living composers such as Barry Russell.

Neil also features as a regular guest conductor for the Northern Operatic and Dramatic Society and in the summer of 2011, Leeds College of Music funded him to attend the Sherbourne Conducting Course with George Hurst, former conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Teacher

“Brilliant Teacher… Excellent Instruction… Fabulous, capable and oozing enthusiasm
Fenella Lindsell – Founder of Yogabugs

Neil teaches singing and piano privately from home on a Yamaha C5 Grand Piano. For more information send an email to lessons@neilbalfour.com.

Neil is the founder and director of www.PianoLab.co.uk, an idealistic company which advertises music teachers in Yorkshire and offers concerts, masterclasses, workshops and recording sessions for it’s pupils. The Ethos is aimed at putting ‘the performance’ back into private music tuition. PianoLab strongly endorses the Music Education Code of Practice.

Audio /Video

The Comic

Fur Alina

Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

For more audio please visit: https://soundcloud.com/neilbalfour

Piano Warping Taster


Neil & Wendy Medley


Neil conducting Schubert


Piano vs. Beatbox


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Neil Balfour
Leeds, UK