Neil started singing at an early age, enjoying a musical family background. He became more serious about singing when he attended a singing lesson with his soprano wife Susan and was introduced to her tutor international soprano Marie Mclaughlin. After being persuaded to sing for her, Marie pronounced that Neil had a good voice and with a lot of work may have the opportunity of a singing career. Always open to a challenge, Neil has now given up the property profession in order to sing and has now developed rapidly as an outstanding lyric tenor. He has built a strong reputation as ‘The Romantic Tenor’ and is much in demand.
Neil has appeared at prestigious venues and events, with recent destinations including Banqueting House, Kings College Cambridge, Institute of Director’s, Canary Wharf Tower, RAC Club, Hanbury Manor, Hatfield House, Brocket Hall, Hengrave Hall, 51 Buckingham Gate and the Chesterfield, Mayfair.
Neil specialises in romantic Italian music and has a wide range of repertoire, which covers anything from romantic favourites such as ‘O Sole Mio’, ‘Nella Fantasia’ and ‘Nessun Dorma’ to more popular classics like ‘Strangers in the Night’ and ‘Love Changes Everything’.
His CD, The Romantic Tenor Sings Italian Love Songs includes fourteen beautiful Italian love songs with simple piano, strings, woodwind and guitar accompaniment. The recordings are a wonderful landmark for a journey which started with an unexpected singing lesson!
Neil has worked with a number of opera companies including London Opera Players, Opera Live! Candlelight Opera, St Albans Chamber Opera, London Opera Productions and Operatique. He enjoys the acting and portrayal of different roles, which have included Rodolfo (La Boheme), Lensky (Eugene Onegin), Ferrando (Cosi Fan Tutte), Leicester (Maria Stuarda), Alfredo (La Traviata), Tamino (Magic Flute) and Eisenstein (Die Fledermaus).
Other interests include playing the classical guitar and Neil particularly loves performing the tenor and guitar repertoire. He has performed songs with guitarists Carlos Bonell, Amanda Cook and Tim Walker covering English lute songs to South American music. These included performing at the Dillington Guitar Festival and Purcell Room on the South Bank.
Neil continues to work with singing coaches Marie Mclaughlin and Gary Coward to develop his voice further. Susan is now his agent having set up a musicians’ agency, Viva Live Music.