Singer (baritone)

Neil Balfour

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Singer (baritone)
Leeds
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Neil Balfour is a bass-baritone who sings professionally for opera companies and as a soloist for concerts.

Indian-Scottish Neil Balfour, is the first opera singer to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival as an artist “I cannot believe how powerful his voice is. I have never seen opera like he does it” - Haggis McLeod, head-programmer. He is the first performer to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera and has premiered the roles of Nikolaus’ Father in Mysterious 44 (the first electronic opera) and La-La (role sponsored by the opera awards) in A Shoe Full of Stars (YAM Awards Best Opera 2018). "Neil is without a doubt one of the top singers I've ever worked with.” - Ruth Mariner, Director. He is currently a Concordia Artist, director of artsongstory (compelling videos of classical art-song and their stories), founder of the Koko Koncerts (emerging classical stars in a coffee shop) and is in partnership with Penhaligon’s, the famous British perfume house. His voice-over work has reached reached well over 100 million views. Upcoming performances include Porgy & Bess at Leeds Town Hall and Dream of Gerontius at Milton Keys Theatre. Recent performances include Colline La bohème for Mananan Opera (Isle of Man) & OFMAN Opera Studio (Madrid), Mercurio La Calisto for Longborough Festival Opera, the nationwide tour of Aida with the Chorus of Opera North and soloist for the Dore Male Voice Choir during a concert tour of Sicily. Contemporary works have included premiering roles in A Shoe Full of Stars by Omar Sharyar, Nikolaus’ Father in Mysterious 44 by Kevin Malone, Best Man in Cheese by Lucy Armstrong (premiere at The Bridgewater Hall), Sam in a contemporary re-telling of Dorian Gray for Proper Job Theatre and Magnificat by Oliver Tarney and Convivium Records. Neil has been a Young Artist for Buxton International Festival, sung Claggart Billy Budd for The Royal Opera House (L&P Department), covered Don Alfonso Così fan tutte for Opera Holland Park and the title role in Le nozze di Figaro for Longborough Festival Opera.

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I can perform while walking around a venue
My equipment is PAT tested
I own a PA system
Musicianship
Genres:
Christmas, Traditional church music, Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Renaissance, Opera, Musical theatre, Folk, Traditional English folk, Jazz, Light music, Avant garde, Easy listening, Vintage, Italian music, German music, French music, Spanish music, Russian music
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Instruments:
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Actor, Musical comedy, Singing teaching, Animateur
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Song list

ARIAS
BACH St. Matthew Passion - Gladly would I take upon me, Give me back my Lord, Come, healing cross, come, Make thee clean, my heart from sin
BELLINI La Sonnambula - Vi ravviso
CHILCOTT Wenceslas - Wenceslas
DEBUSSY Pelléas et Mélisande - Je n’en dis rien
DOUGLAS The Ballad of Baby Doe - Warm as the Autumn Light
HANDEL Alexander’s Feast - Revenge Timotheus Cries
HANDEL Judas Maccabaeus - Arm, arm ye brave
HANDEL Orlando - Sorge infausta una procella
HANDEL Samson - Honour and Arms
HANDEL Theodora - Go, My Faitful Soldier, Go
HANDEL Theodora - Cease, Ye Slaves your fruitless pray'r
HAYDN Mass in Time of War - Qui tollis peccata mundi
MOZART Cosi fan Tutte - Vorrei Dir
MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro - La Vendetta, Se Vuol Ballare, Aprite un Po
MOZART Requiem - Tuba Mirum
OFFENBACH La Vie Parisienne - In This Great City
PUCCINI La Boheme - Vecchia Zimarra, Senti
PURCELL The Tempest - Arise, Ye Subterranean Winds
SULLIVAN Ruddigore - When the Night Howls
SULLIVAN The Sorcerer - My name is John Wellington Wells
STRAVINSKY Oedipus Rex - Respondit Deus
WAGNER Tannhäuser - O Du mein Holder Abendstern
WEILL Street Scene - Let Things Be Like They Always Was, I Loved Her Too
MUSICAL THEATRE
BERNSTEIN West Side Story - Maria, Tonight, Cool
RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN Oklahoma! - Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’, Lonely Room
LOEWE Camelot - How to Handle A Woman
COLE PORTER Kiss me Kate - Brush Up Your Shakespeare, So in Love
KURT WEILL Lost in the Stars - Stay Well
SONDHEIM Sweeney Todd - My Friends
Please contact me for a full list of English Songs, Italian Songs, Lieder, Melodie, American Songs and Duets
Customer questions

What if my timings change after I've booked you?

“I always try our best to be flexible to help ensure your event runs as smoothly as possible. If timings change slightly in the run up to the event just let us know.”

Can you provide an iPod/DJ service before and between your sets?

“Absolutely. This is a really popular request and we actually offer this service for free."

How much time do you need to set up?

“We usually set up about 30 minutes before the performance time. As soon as our piano or PA is set up we can provide a free playlist service to help set the atmosphere and get your guests ready for our live performance!”

Can I pick the pieces you play from the set list?

“Our set lists are crafted from countless performances and learning what works best to ensure guests dance and have an amazing time. However, we're definitely happy to chat through and make sure we find what works for your event. ”

Do you bring all the equipment you need to perform?

“Yes, absolutely! We can bring our own instruments to play if your venue doesn't have a piano or PA system.”

Can you learn specific pieces before the event?

“If a song isn't included in our song list there may still be a chance we already know it. If there is a special song you'd like us to learn we are happy to do this for you. There is a fee for this service to take into account rehearsal times etc. ”

What do your clients love most about your performances?

I am a storyteller. I don't just sing the songs, I explain the stories behind them and enjoy an active acting approach when I sing.

Which venues have you performed at in the past?

I have performed in venues in England, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man, Spain, Italy and Sicily.

Which artists have you been most influenced by?

My favourite singer at the moment is Cesare Siepi, a great Italian Bass.

What is the most high profile gig you've performed?

I'm not sure if I look at gigs in terms of high or low profile but some that are of interest include doing voice-over work for Youtube Channel’s with views on my videos reaching well over 100 million, premiering the first electronic opera, conducting 300+ mass choirs and performing a private show for Her Majesty The Queen.

Prices

Note: prices may vary based on travel distance. For an exact quote, click “Check availability”.

Standard Prices
Performance durationPrice
Short performance (up to 15 min)£180
Up to 1 hour£300
Up to 2 hours£400
Up to 3 hours£500
Available services
Live Piano Accompaniment
+£150

Reviews

From customers:

Www.list.co.uk, 3 years ago

Neil Balfour brought this part to riveting life ... Outstanding. The best Don Alfonso I have ever heard!

Michael I, 2 years ago

Neil Balfour excelled as Lord Ellington, giving a convincing performance with considerable stage presence ... He used his attractive voice, smooth with a slight dark edge, to his best advantage.

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