To make honest and captivating videos of wonderful songs
The discovery, practice and performance of song enriches understanding of emotion, relationships and all human interaction for performer and audience. We share artistic videos of songs and stories that are relevant, beautiful and fascinating in today's modern world. We are ambassadors for contemporary song performance.
For good or bad, in today's world, people crave knowledge, facts, funny stories and harrowing tales, often through videos… and YouTube is the BIGGEST Platform. Unlike the usual video channels, Artsongstory does not aim to make 'viral videos' or achieve millions of 'likes.' It uses YouTube as a platform to showcase videos of music it really believes in. Time, thought and effort went into the creation of each one with a focus on genuine and honest human stories. We're fighting the war of viral-video-bullets with large canon ball-bouquets of beautiful sound, colour and stories.
Indian-Scottish Neil Balfour is a graduate of Leeds College of Music, the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) and the National Opera Studio. He started life as a pianist, conductor and punk-rocker before having a Damascus moment and falling in love with classical singing. A former Britten-Pears, Samling and Concordia artist, he is the first opera singer to be booked by the Glastonbury Festival in the Astrolabe Tent and the first to beatbox in an opera at Longborough Festival Opera.
Neil is the first classical artist for sE Electronics and NORD (world-leading microphones & digital pianos), director of ArtSongStory (compelling videos of art-song) and founder of the Koko Koncerts (classical stars in a coffee shop). He is also in partnership with creative perfumer Christian Provenzano, Kapow meggings and VivoBarefoot shoes. His work as a voiceover artist has had over 100 million plays.
Outside of opera, Neil is a keen barista, audiophile and yogi.