His most recent projects include leading 'Regeneration' with Slough Music Service,
working with Gifted and Talented Young people in Slough, and in collaboration with
4Motion Dance Theatre and Hatch My Ideas! in creating instrumental music, writing
songs, developing movement, choreography, film and animation inspired by the current
regeneration of Slough. In February he worked with the London Symphony Orchestra
and Lewisham Music Serviceand 45 young wind and brass players from'Fabulosity'.
Together they created a new piece of music called Aquarium, based on the piece by
Saint-Saens of the same name and inspired by the Aquarium at the Horniman Museum,
where the performance took place.
In January this year he worked with Southbank Sinfoniaand Leiston Primary School
to devise their own interpretation of The Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn. He worked
with members of SbS to prepare them for the workshops and then together they devised
this special performance. The entirety of the School came to watch SbS perform the
original Mendelssohn version and their own 're-imagining'. Neil has delivered many
projects for SbS, including two projects re-imagining Britten's War Requiem (one
of which for the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Coventry Cathedral) and also
with the British Film Institute in London composing original soundtracks for silent
in July 2010 he conducted a string section of 800 young people for Music For Youth
event SCORE! 5000 young people came together to perform in St Andrews Football Stadium
in Birmingham. He was recently involved in leading a Music Junctionproject and performance
with the London Chamber Orchestra and Barnados Schools, mixing professional orchestral
players, music specialist pupils from Bradfield College and young people from High
Close Barnados School in Wokingham. This wide range of experiences and abilities
proved to be a roaring success with the re-imagining of Mozart's 40th Symphony performed
before an LCO concert at Cadogan Hall.
Neil also regular works with young composers, string players and conducts the Senior
String Ensemble and Junior Orchestra at the Tower HamletsSaturday Music Centre.
This year he has conducted Andante Festivo by Sibelius, Extracts for Carmen, Mozart
40th Symphony, Blue Danube, Danny Boy, and extracts from the Four Seasons.
He is able to work with any group of instrumentalists and singers to create and perform
music that is relevant, exciting and suited to each member of the group. His understanding
of orchestras, the role of the conductor and the leaders and members within an orchestra
or ensemble as well as the way chamber music works enables real teamwork and communication
within the group, which is the foundation of any truly creative music making.