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Neil Turnbull : Associate Artist

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Born in England in 1934, Neil Turnbull was educated at Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne, and Manchester University. His musical education consisted of eight years of formal piano instruction, followed by private study and self-teaching of harmony, arranging and composition.

Turnbull's musical influences include Delius for harmony and tone poems for composition style. His arranging style is very much influenced by swing bands of the 1930-50s eras.

Works representative of Turnbull's style include The Bushranger and Hornament.

Still an active musician, Neil continues to play piano in jazz veneus and clarinet in a Concert Band. He also has experience as an accompanist to many artists including: Little Pattie, Julie Anthony, Normie Rowe, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry.

In 1988 he was commissioned by Glenorchy City Concert Brass to write a setting of the Australian folk song Chips Off the Black Stump for a Bicentennial Concert.

Biography provided by the composer — current to June 2006