“Brilliant Teacher… Excellent Instruction… Fabulous, capable and oozing enthusiasm"

Professional. Patient. Passionate.

"Music for me is not a job, it is my life

and I feel humble in being able to pursue it as a career.

I look forward to meeting, working with and training

the next generation of musicians."

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Indian-Scottish Neil Balfour is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the National Opera Studio. A former Britten-Pears and Concordia artist, he is the first opera singer to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival and the first to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera.

Neil is the first classical artist for sE Electronics and NORD (world-leading microphones & digital pianos), director of ArtSongStory (compelling videos of art-song) and founder of the Koko Koncerts (classical stars in a coffee shop). He is also in partnership with Penhaligon’s British perfume house and Kapow meggings. His work as a voice-actor has had over 100 million plays.

When home, Neil works privately from his studio in Leeds and when touring, he uses Cleanfeed (Live high-definition audio) and Zoom (Live High-definition video).

Outside of opera, Neil is a keen barista, audiophile and crossfitter.


  • Emerging Artist at National Opera Studio

  • MMus at Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

  • PGDip Advanced Studies at RNCM

  • BA (Hons.) Music at Leeds College of Music

  • Grade 8 - Singing ABRSM

  • Grade 8 - Singing Rockschool

  • Grade 8 - Piano ABRSM

  • Grade 8 - Guitar NMA