.Neil Provost - Biography
Neil was involved in music through the amateur theatre at an early age. Starting piano lessons by age nine he progressed to the organ by age fourteen receiving lessons from Derrick Cantrell of Manchester Cathedral.
He took his first parish post at St Mark’s, Dunham just before his sixteenth birthday. At St Ambrose College, Hale Barns he took a strong interest in choral conducting under the tutelage of John Chadwick and Michael English, who later became his organ tutor. Neil has gone on to develop his own unique style and methods in choral training and conducting.
He moved to St John the Divine, Brooklands in 1990 as Director of Music, training and directing a mixed choir. Whilst there, through Neil's training, a number of choristers gained places in cathedral choirs and he brought the choir up to sufficient standard to be invited to sing in Manchester Cathedral for Choral Evensong.
In 2000 Neil moved to Christ Church, Timperley where he has forged a musical link between Holy Angels Choir and Christ Church Choir. He is Musical Director and Principal Conductor for Cantores Oecumenica.
Via Crucis was Neil's first work as a librettist.
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