FilmInstituteEventsNeil’s interest in music was sparked while listening to his parents’ vinyl collection. He first took up the flute, then later guitar and continues to try to pick up new instruments. When in his teens, Neil’s guitar teacher invited him to do live sound at a gig – the experience of being behind the desk had Neil hooked and set him on a path to becoming a sound engineer. As a result, he decided to complete the Tonmeister course at the University of Surrey, where he developed an interest in recording genres from classical to metal, leading to him to a placement year at Guildhall School of Music & Drama. This allowed him to explore recording a range of up-and-coming world class classical and jazz musicians, big bands, solo piano and full symphony orchestras.
After graduating, Neil achieved his ambition of working at Abbey Road Studios, starting as a runner in September 2018. Since then he has worked on a variety of projects Including Yesterday by Daniel Pemberton, Faust by Havergal Brian with the English National Opera, Endeavour by Matt Slater and A Celebration of Endings by Biffy Clyro to name a few. The diversity in the range of projects is what Neil enjoys most; being able to go from an orchestra in Studio One on one day, to a band in Studio Two the next, to a soloist in the Gatehouse the following day.
"Abbey Road has always represented the forefront of recording to me, from the first experiments with stereo by Alan Blumlein, to the creative use of the technology with The Beatles, to experimenting with Atmos now. Working in the same place where so many incredible recordings, and technological advances have happened is a surreal experience. It is a privilege to be in the studios every day."