Neil is a freelance saxophone, clarinet and flute player who combines performing, teaching, directing and writing.


He has performed with ensembles across the UK, including the BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Northern Chamber Orchestra, Apollo Saxophone Orchestra, National Musicians' Symphony Orchestra, Manchester Concert Orchestra and Sax Assault.

As a woodwind 'doubler', much of Neil's performing is in London's West End and he has played on over 30 shows.


He also specialises in chamber music and has performed and recorded with various groups at concert halls and festivals around Europe.

After initially studying clarinet, Neil became the first principal-study saxophonist to graduate from

The University of Manchester. He then studied with Rob Buckland at the Royal Northern College

of Music, winning awards from The Countess of Munster Musical Trust, Hattori Foundation, Proctor-Gregg Prize, Trevor Wye Prize for chamber music and reaching the semi-finals of the BBC Radio 2 Young Musician competition.

Neil is passionate about music education. He is Head of Woodwind and Visiting Teacher of Saxophone and Clarinet at one of the UK's leading secondary schools for music - Dame Alice Owen's School. He is also woodwind tutor for the English Schools' Orchestra. Neil is currently undertaking the RNCM Conducting course for Music Educators 2018-19, led by Mark Heron.  


Neil has directed courses for the National Youth Wind Orchestra of Great Britain and Benslow Music. He has adjudicated for Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival, Abertawe Festival for Young Musicians and Oundle School, and has written articles for Music Teacher and CASS magazines. 


He has taught, examined and given classes at many institutions including: Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music, Junior Guildhall, The University of Manchester, Westminster School, Haileybury, Highgate School and Ampleforth College.   

© 2019 by Neil Crossley.