Keyboards and vocalAn Oxo Cuban since March 2007, Neville is a winner of four NZ National Film and TV awards for his work with Fox Studio’s Natural History NZ and TVNZ.
Career highlights include scoring the films of Emmy-Award winning cameraman and musician Mike Single, including the documentary “The Crystal Ocean”, the soundtrack for the 3D production currently screening at the Sir Edmund Hillary Theatre in Mt Cook (as part of the 2007 Otago University Mozart Fellowship) and composing and recording the score & soundtrack for the 2010 NZ movie "Insatiable Moon".
Like fellow Oxo Cuban Doug, Neville is the youngest member of a large musical family with its roots in rural Southland, where he began playing in bands in his early teens.
However, he has only recently returned to live performance having devoted the majority of his extensive music career to soundtrack composition for TV and Film.
His background in contemporary popular music is complemented by a thorough knowledge of the classical tradition (Mus.B Hons), giving him the versatility to cover a wide range of styles as a keyboardist, a necessary requirement, given the Oxos wide repertoire.
1994 NZ Film and TV Awards Best Music/Soundtrack /Television
Wild South/Solid Water, Liquid Rock
1996 NZ Film and TV Awards Best Original Music/Television
Wild South/Sex on the Reef
1998 NZ TV Awards Best Original Music/Television
(Double Finalist + Winner) Hillary-View From The Top
1999 NZ TV Awards Best Original Music/Television
(Double Finalist + Winner) Dolphins of the Shadowlands
1999 Music for Emmy award winner “The Crystal Ocean”
1995 Italian Film Festival Gold Medal/Excellent Music
Wild South/Sex on the Reef
1981: ATCL (Performers) Trinity College of Music/London
1982: Performance Piano with Terence Dennis/NZ Youth Jazz Orchestra (High School) Pianist.
1985: Bachelor of Music (Honours) Otago University
1985: Scholarship for best Honours Graduate/ Invitation to do PhD/wrote and presented a series of lectures on History of Jazz Piano.
1986: Began Studies for PhD…..discontinued in order to establish composing career.
2007: Otago University Mozart Fellow.
1969: Started Piano Tuition Age 6/Gore/Southland
1976: Played Keyboards in Cabaret Bands from age 13 with family members.
1979: Formed own Dance/Pop Band Age 15
1979: Westpac School Music contest (National)
Runner up for Song “No Reason at All”
1981:1st Live Radio broadcast in Australia with Jeff Rea performing my song “Travelling Man”
1982: Otago University Study for MusBach (Hons)
1986: Musical Director for “Play School”
1987: Began composing for Television for 20 years.
LIST OF WORKS
“Wild South” 1 hour Episodes (before 1998) in chronological order.
Tale of the Crayfish
Islands of the Iguana
Lost world of the Poor Knights
Under the Ice
Bola – The Predictable Disaster
Shipwrecks – A Natural History
Cold Water, Warm Blood
Castles of the Underworld
Islands (Series of 2x 1 hour)
Prog 1- Splendid Isolation
Prog 2 -Strangers in Paradise
Invaders in Paradise
The Sound of young Mountains
Spirit of the Sound
Solid Water, Liquid Rock
Sex on the Reef
Kea, Mountain Parrot
Ozone, Cancer of the Sky
Reef Fish – Where have they all gone?
Footsteps to the Sky
Champions of the Wave
Wind Born – A Journey into Flight
1998/1999 “Wild South” Episodes
Orca- Killers I have known
Dolphins of the Shadowlands (NDR)
The Crystal Ocean
The Octopus’ Garden
Serpents of the Sea
Day of the Locust
1998/1999 “Wild ASIA” (Series of 9 x 1 Hour programmes in association with NHK Japan and NDR Germany)
“Shark Gordon” 13 x ½ hours
Wild Secrets- Series 1 to 5 (5 x 13 ½ hrs)
Freedive (Producer: Mike Single) 1hr
Death Valley (Producer: Mike Single) 1hr
Gladiators of the Skies (Commission for Airsports Ltd)
3D Project/Sir Edmund Hillary Theatre/Mt Cook
Other works /New Zealand broadcasts
A Consuming passion / America’s Cup
Swandries and Bowties
Moa’s Ark: (4 x 1hour series with David Bellamy.)
Fast Forward – Magazine Series
Hillary – View from the Top (4 x 1 hour series for TVNZ Sports.)
The Journey (Franz Joseph Glacier Project- 18 min film for Mike Single)
Deep Blue (Titles music and incidental music)
Numerous Jingles for Television and Radio.