Neil is also an active performer, and is a member of Dark Inventions, a new music ensemble based in York. They have toured the North of England funded by Sound and Music.and are currently engaged in an AHRC public engagement project with discovery days in Leeds, York and London.

Their new CD ‘Firewheel’ is now available.

In 2009 Neil premiered the flute version of Thomas Simaku’s Flauto Acerbo. The original recorder version of this work was awarded a BASCA award.

At University he conducted regularly with the new music ensemble, Chimera: works including At First Light by George Benjamin and Trepidation Dancing by Alasdair Spratt. He also worked with the University’s opera society, for which he conducted a production of Benjamin Britten’s Little Sweep and Kurt Weill’s Down in the Valley.

Neil is currently conductor of the Sinfonia at the University of Nottingham.


  1. -NEW CD:
    Firewheel. CD of new British music supported by UYMP and Arts Council England.

  Purchase Firewheel.

  1. -Forthcoming CD of new British music as part of AHRC public engagement project.

  1. -Philip Cashian – ‘Furor’ on Miniaturised Concertos with pianists Kate Halsall and Fumiko Miyachi.  Released by Metier.

  1. -Hinterland. Premiere EP from Ensemble Dark Inventions with singer/composer Stef Conner.  Works by Matin Scheuregger, Christopher Leedham and John Stringer.

  Purchase Hinterland.

As Producer:

  1. -Strange Machines. Premiere recording of Strange Machines in a programme of contemporary clarinet/basset clarinet music.  Jonathan Sage (clarinet), Delia Stevens (percussion).