I am a composer of chamber, orchestral and choral works based in Edinburgh. I studied in York and Stuttgart, the latter leading to a keen interest in German contemporary music.


I approach each piece as the chance to explore something new, which leads to a diverse range of work.


Recent pieces include The Tenants’ Songbook, which explores the issue of renting, a trio inspired by 12th-century Islamic Engineer al-Jazari’s Elephant clock, a solo voice piece that exclusively uses quotes from the BBC’s adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, and the diptych Perihelion/Aphelion, which are inspired by celestial movement.


What links these is a constant desire to explore the unknown and to create an immersive experience for listeners in unfamiliar territory. 


Recently, I took part in the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composers’ Programme and the RSNO Composers’ Hub.


In 2012 I won first prize in the Acht Brücken Composition Competition with Gravitation, which was played by Schlagquartett Köln and broadcast on WDR 3. My orchestral work, Habitus, was also broadcast in a performance by the WDR Symphony Orchestra.

Recent Pieces



Neil T. Smith Composer

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