Neil Taylor – Festival Organist

Neil is a sought after and renowned choral director, organist, piano accompanist, teacher and coach, based in the North West of England.

After winning a Scholarship to the Royal College of Music, he held cathedral appointments in St Albans, Norwich, and Sheffield. During his time in Sheffield, the cathedral choir toured both at home and abroad (including Germany, Holland, France, Hungary, the Czech Republic and the USA) and broadcast frequently on BBC Radios 2, 3 & 4.  His recordings include Music for a Millennium, a Classic FM Magazine Disc of the Year Award Winner, and numerous releases as organist and conductor, all to high critical acclaim.

As solo organist, he has played at many of the major venues in the UK, and has worked with the Hallé, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Orchestra of Opera North, the Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Huddersfield Choral and John Rutter.

He is Music Director of St George’s Singers, Manchester, and Keele Bach Choir; he appears regularly with the BBC as Musical Director and accompanist on Songs of Praise, the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, the Daily Service, and Sunday Worship.

In his spare time he enjoys reading and walking. A keen cook, he is also an enthusiast of real ales and good wines.