"My technique has improved massively with Neil's teaching, and my friends and family have commented on how much my voice has blossomed during my lessons with him. I would definitely say he played a huge role in me receiving a place at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland for Musical Theatre. He increased my confidence with my audition pieces and made my voice stronger overall as well as looking into sight singing and acting through song. Not only this, but the lessons were always fun and energetic and a part of my week that I looked forward to.”

Ellie Wilcock

Singing Pupil - Royal Scottish Conservatoire of Music - Musical Theatre

“Neil is a truly accomplished, enthusiastic and passionate music teacher. He individualises lessons to your needs, be it examinations or just that piece you’ve always wanted to play. Neil has not only significantly improved my piano playing but also opened my eyes to all types of music. The lessons are varied and have the right balance of relaxed informality with real attention to detail. I would have no hesitation in recommending Neil as a piano teacher.”

Sandeep Kesavan

Piano Pupil


“Neil is a passionate and inspiring teacher who changed how I played, listened to and thought about music. He is creative, well prepared and very patient and approaches piano teaching and music in a holistic way. He tailored my lessons to what I wanted to achieve with a focus on developing good overall musicianship as well as piano technique. I particularly enjoyed and benefited from having opportunities to perform on the piano in small concerts and to be recorded and be able to listen back to my playing.” 

Rebecca Ellis

Piano Pupil

“Neil is a great piano teacher. He makes learning piano fun which  I really like. I feel relaxed with Neil, so it's not like being with a teacher, although he gives me homework, but doesn't put pressure on me, which has helped me, for example to read sheet music. I really like composing and Neil is very creative and makes me think about what I can do that is different. Neil is really easy to talk to and I feel I can ask him anything.

If I had to sum Neil up in one word - it would be cool.”

Harry Reid

Piano Pupil



From the very start, when I knew nothing about playing the instrument, he made me feel comfortable and gradually built my playing from the ground up. Neil’s teaching methods were very effective and I soon reached a very secure standard. From that point his easy going, yet interesting, lessons helped me greatly to quickly improve my skills.

To this day Neil remains the best teacher I have come across.

Charlie Hitchen

Private Pupil



“Brilliant Teacher . . . Excellent Instruction . . . Fabulous, capable and oozing enthusiasm”

Fenella Lindsell

Founder of Yogabugs

"I would like to recommend Neil to you as exceptionally suitable; he is multi-talented as both keyboard player and singer, has quite a lot of experience of working with young people and groups and is a reliable and trustworthy young man. I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending him to you.”

Lynne Dawson

Royal Northern School of Music - School of Vocal Studies



"Neil has shown strength in punctuality, patience, trust and overall care for his work and is definitely an asset. I am happy to recommend him to you.”

Amy Atkinson

Principal of StageDoor Performing Arts School

“I am very happy to write in support of Mr Balfour. He is an highly able and extremely versatile young musician of immense promise. He has a highly professional attitude to all that he undertakes and is an entirely admirable member of the profession.  As an individual he sets himself the highest of standards and I am in the very happy position of being able to commend him in the strongest possible terms without mental reservation or equivocation of any kind whatsoever.” 

Dr Simon Lindley FRCO, FTCL 

Organist of Leeds Town Hall and Leeds Parish Church Senior Assistant Music Officer, Leeds City Council