Neville Talbot

Neville founded and manages Tetrafide Percussion.

He hails from WA, where he began his musical life singing and playing guitar. He also played clarinet, which he studied as a music scholarship student at Perth Modern School (whilst also writing dodgy love songs for his band!). His main skill, playing percussion, came late in school.

In 1996, Neville graduated from the WA Conservatorium of Music at the WA Academy of Performing Arts with Distinctions in Conducting and Percussion Performance.

During his time as a percussionist, Neville has been Principal Percussionist and Timpanist with the Australian Youth Orchestra and Camerata and with the WA Youth Orchestra. He was a featured soloist with the WAYO in 1996. He has participated in the National Academy of Music, recorded and broadcast with the ABC and has been a prize-winner in several chamber music competitions. Neville has recorded scores for film, and performed on the AYO’s prize-winning ‘Concerto’ CD. Professionally, Neville has performed with virtually every major musical organization in Perth including the WASO, WA Opera, Nova Ensemble, and onstage with the WA Ballet.

On top of his extensive career in percussion performance, Neville has performed professionally as a singer and won the Collegium Young Vocalist Scholarship in 1996-97 to study with Andrew Foote. He has sung solo with orchestras in concert halls and in small lieder recitals, as well as extensive work with every professional choir in WA.

He received a Youth Music Australia Opportunity Grant to study in Europe in 2002, and was nominated for the WA Citizen of the Year Awards in the areas of Youth and Young Artists. He has also studied Arts Management with the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Orchestral Administration Program.

Neville has worked in many musical forms, including jazz, electronic, rock and heavy metal. Through his work as a music teacher, he also got into recording and supporting young WA bands. One of these bands won the WAMI Song of the Year Competition in 2003.

He served on the Board of Management of Propelarts, a youth arts network organisation for 5 years, 4 of those as its treasurer. He also served as a member of the Young People and the Arts Panel for ArtsWA, and as a member of the full Arts Development Panel, assessing arts funding and advising the minister on youth and arts issues. He also serves as a columnist and state music editor of Lowdown Magazine- a national youth performing arts magazine.

Neville added to his bag of tricks in 2003, being the musical director for a season of the hit musical Les Miserables.

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