Neil Birse

YEAR OF AWARD: 2013
AGE AT AWARD: 20
ARTFORMS: Music , Piano , Percussion
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Biography

Neil is an especially talented musician who plays a range of instruments and excels as a pianist.  He has an advanced awareness of style, melody and harmony as well as excellent phrasing and interpretation.

Hailing from Aberdeen, Neil pursued his musical interests alongside his general schooling, performing often with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Scotland (NYJOS).  He achieved a distinction in grade 8 drumkit as well as shining at his principal instrument, the piano.

After taking a few years out of study and concentrating on performances and touring with the NYJOS, Neil's talents earned him a place on the prestigious bachelors degree course at Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.  This provided a dream opportunity for Neil, whose is dedicated to achieving a career in music.

How the Award Helped

Neil's Award supported him in his studies at the Guildhall School.



This opportunity is what I have dreamed of doing for many years.  I can scarcely believe I have been so fortunate.