Having been out in schools and in the community with the Music Promise in the Community team, Neil just cant believe the richness of talent among our young people.
When Henderson's Piano Showroom offered to host a day of workshops with Neil and young pianists of all abilities then the magic really started to flow. Neil sat with each player in turn, he asked them to just play something simple with their right hand and he composed with them right there and then.A sight to behold!
Neil also loves a new Music Promise choir from Drumahoe who came to sing with him - he now knows their favourite song 'Don't Stop Believing.'They appeared with him as special guests on Music City day on the 21st of June in St. Augustines Church on the historic city walls.
Most recently, the Music Promise team asked Neil to run an improvisation workshop with young people from our Exceptionally Talented programme.Encircled by violinists,drummers,rock guitarists,saxophonists,flute and oboe players and a bank of singers, he created something magical with them in only an hour and they loved it.
As part of the Radio 3 'The Essay' series which featured Derry writers and artists throughout one week, Neil spoke humourously and poignantly about his love for this city, it's musicians and it's incredible young talent. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03cnms1
He will appear on our screens in November 2013 as a mentor in the Alleycats TV series 'Music Promise' for BBCNI and CBBC and performs his original composition written for the town he now loves so well on the 7th of December in The Guildhall, Derry-Londonderry.