Neil was made a Fellow of University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, his old university, in July 2013.
Neil shot a 3-part TV series for BBC4 on Film Music – titled The Sounds of Cinema, which aired in the autumn.
Asquith’s Underground, with Neil’s full orchestral score commissioned by the BBCSO and Barbican Concert Hall was released theatrically by the BFI throughout the UK in January 2013. It garnered 4- and 5-star reviews in national and local press and will be released on DVD and Blu-Ray in June.
The BBC commissioned Neil to adapt and score The Wind in the Willows as a concert piece for actors and the BBC Symphony Orchestra, to be recorded for broadcast on Radio 4 and Radio 3 at Christmas 2013.
The Wind in the Willows, starring Stephen Mangan, Clare Skinner, Philip Jackson and the BBC Symphony Orchestra was highly successfully broadcast on Radios 3 and 4 and there are plans for another epic radio piece for 2014.
Neil’s music was highly praised in Michael Eaton’s series of five radio plays ‘Dickens in London’ adapted for film by Chris Newby.
Neil appeared on BBC1’s The One Show and in two radio documentaries for BBC Radio 4 as well as acting in Mark Lawson’s new radio play ‘The Man Who Knows’ produced by Eoin O’ Callaghan for BBC Belfast.
2012 – an exciting year in prospect for Neil with a new orchestral / radio drama commission, high-profile performances of his hugely successful orchestral scores for Blackmail and Underground and even a new project for BBC TV – watch this space!
Neil was contracted by the Cinematheque Francaise to provide piano soundtrack to two classic Albatros releases of the 1920s starring Ivan Mousjoukine, Le Brasier Ardent and Maison du Mystere. The recording took place in Paris in September.
Neil and Paul Merton performed two live ‘Silent Clowns’ shows this autumn, at the Cinema Museum, Kennington on September 3rd and the Leeds International Film Festival on November 9th.
Neil also appeared with the Dodge Brothers at the New Forest Festival on September 18th and Cheltenham Festival on November 3rd.