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 sings professionally for opera companies, acts as an animateur / conductor for numerous choirs and theatre companies and is the director of PianoLab. 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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Bass-Baritone

“I have had the great pleasure to work with Neil, he is an accomplished musician… 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 competitions and sung in venues ranging from outdoor arenas to St. Paul’s Cathedral and appeared on live Broadcasts for BBC Radio 3 and 4.

Neil has sung for opera companies in productions of Mozart’s Così fan Tutte, Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, Lortzing’s Der Wildschütz, Previn’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Offenbach’s Christopher Columbus, Franz von Suppe’s Ten Belles Without a Ring, Kurt Weill’s The Tsar Wants His Photograph Taken and world-premiere of Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone. Neil is currently on the Opera North mentor scheme and a Buxton Festival young artist.

Neil is available to hire for concerts, operas and studio session work.

Pianist

“Dear Neil,
I wanted to write to thank you again for the delightful performance you gave 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).”

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 offers concerts, accompanists, 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

“From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for providing us with the most beautiful music on our wedding day – we couldn’t have been happier! Simply amazing!!!” All our love, Jessica & Andrew

Neil is available to hire as a wedding pianist and/or singer. He has vast amounts of music in his repertoire, including songs from West End musicals and opera, 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

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Calendar

  • MMus (Final) Song Recital

    May 24 @ 3:00 pm - 3:50 pm
    Royal Northern College of Music

    Neil Balfour will be performing a selection of songs and arias in Studio 6 at The Royal Northern College of Music in a 50-minute recital. This will be his final recital of his postgraduate studies and is open to the public....

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  • Songs for the Common Man | RNCM Spotlight Concert

    June 8 @ 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm
    Royal Northern College of Music Concert Hall

    Neil Balfour and pianist Emily Hooker will entertain with an evening of songs. A 30 minute programme including selections from Aaron Copland’s ‘Old American Songs’ and William Bolcom’s ‘Cabaret Songs.’ This concert is part of the Royal Northern College of Music...

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  • Leonore | Beethoven | Buxton Opera House

    July 8 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Buxton Opera House

    Neil Balfour’s first professional engagement as an young artist for the Buxton Festival. An opera in three acts composed by Ludwig van Beethoven with Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner. Sung in German, with English side-titles. With her husband Florestan held as a political prisoner, his wife...

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  • Leonore | Beethoven | Buxton Opera House

    July 12 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Buxton Opera House

    Neil Balfour’s first professional engagement as an young artist for the Buxton Festival. An opera in three acts composed by Ludwig van Beethoven with Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner. Sung in German, with English side-titles. With her husband Florestan held as a political prisoner, his wife...

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  • Leonore | Beethoven | Buxton Opera House

    July 15 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Buxton Opera House

    Neil Balfour’s first professional engagement as an young artist for the Buxton Festival. An opera in three acts composed by Ludwig van Beethoven with Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner. Sung in German, with English side-titles. With her husband Florestan held as a political prisoner, his wife...

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  • Leonore | Beethoven | Buxton Opera House

    July 19 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Buxton Opera House

    Neil Balfour’s first professional engagement as an young artist for the Buxton Festival. An opera in three acts composed by Ludwig van Beethoven with Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner. Sung in German, with English side-titles. With her husband Florestan held as a political prisoner, his wife...

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  • Leonore | Beethoven | Buxton Opera House

    July 22 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
    Buxton Opera House

    Neil Balfour’s first professional engagement as an young artist for the Buxton Festival. An opera in three acts composed by Ludwig van Beethoven with Libretto by Joseph von Sonnleithner. Sung in German, with English side-titles. With her husband Florestan held as a political prisoner, his wife...

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Neil Balfour
Leeds, UK