Bass-Baritone. Conductor. Pianist.

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 bass-baritone, conductor and pianist whose repertoire spans the opera, classical, musical theatre and contemporary genres. He is the director of PianoLab and acts as an animateur / conductor for numerous choirs and theatre companies in the North. Across the UK, he has delivered vocal workshops and toured with bands including Arthur Rigby and the Baskervylles, Adele – Hometown Glory and Undercovered.

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Singer

“I have had the great pleasure to work with Neil, he is an accomplished musician with a promising baritone voice. Neil is an intelligent and sensitive actor with an innate ability to adapt to varied styles of repertoire. He is a natural comic actor… I have every confidence that he will become a successful and perhaps notable performer.”
Garth Bardsley MA Hons (Cantab) – Senior Lecturer/Director 
School of Voice and Opera Studies at The Royal Northern College of Music

A bass-baritone currently studying for his MMus at the Royal Northern College of Music, Neil’s solos include repertoire from the opera, classical, lieder, musical theatre and contemporary genres. He has been awarded first place for numerous singing contests and sung in venues ranging from outdoor arenas 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 as a principal baritone he has sung for small opera companies in productions of Offenbach’s Christopher Columbus, Franz von Suppe’s Ten Belles Without a Ring, Kurt Weill’s The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken and Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro. 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 concerts and studio session work. For examples of his work please visit the audio/video page.

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 animateur. 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 animateur he has played for many different musical theatre shows as well as accompanying singers, instrumentalists and dancers for concerts and graded exams.

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.


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 conducts theatre companies, choirs, bands and orchestras ranging from the Bradford Players and Straybirds Ladies Choir to the Leeds College of Music Sinfonietta. Repertoire has included Beethoven Piano Concertos, Gospel song arrangements and Beatboxing commissions to musicals such as Shout!, Jesus Christ Superstar and Cinderella. He has also had the honour of premiering contemporary pieces by living composers such as Barry Russell and Oliver Tarney.

Conducting scholarships have included Leeds College of Music funding him to attend the Sherbourne Conducting Course with George Hurst and in 2013 was awarded a years scholarship, by Sing for Pleasure, to study on choral conducting courses across the UK. He also features as a guest conductor for the Northern Operatic and Dramatic Society and is currently working towards his conducting Diploma.

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.

Weddings

“Neil was fantastic and I’m so glad we found him to play at our wedding. He was so accommodating with our music choices and really worked hard to make sure the music he played was exactly what we wanted on the day. He looked smart and sounded amazing and I couldn’t recommend him highly enough. Thanks again for everything”

Lots of Love, The Chapmans

Neil is available to hire as a wedding 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.
For more info please contact: weddings@neilbalfour.com

All of Me – John Legend


Neil & Wendy Medley


Audio /Video

I Giorni

Vecchia Zimarra, Senti

Silent Night

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

Neil singing Puccini


Neil conducting Schubert


A Midsummer Night’s Dream


Piano vs. Beatbox


Calendar

  • The Lion King – Schools Edition

    Whitcliffe Mount School will learn, rehearse and polish ‘The Lion King’ in one week with one-off performance at 3:00pm on Tuesday 28th July. Musical Director: Neil Balfour...

    July 28 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Whitcliffe Mount School
  • Handel’s Messiah

    Neil Balfour and students will be conducting and singing an abridged version of Handel’s Messiah as part of their conducting course for Sing for Pleasure....

    August 15 at Keene University Chapel
  • British Art Song Recital

    Neil Balfour, with pianist Dominic Mountain, performing a selection of english songs in a beautiful 45 minute programme. Selections to include song cycle Let Us Garlands Bring by Finzi and Songs Before Sleep by Richard Rodney Bennett. Other songs by composers Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten and M...

    January 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Wakefield Cathedral

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Neil Balfour
Leeds, UK