Full name:

Neil Porter-Thaw

Where did you grow up?



St George’s School, Windsor, Malvern College and Trinity College of Music (when it was in Bond St!)

Your current role at King’s Ely and how long you have been a member of staff here:

I arrived in 1996 (!) and have had a variety of roles, including King’s Ely Junior’s Director of Music, Football Coach, Housemaster of the choristers and now Director of Music Performance (Whole School).

What do you enjoy most about working here?

The students without a doubt – seeing the buzz they get through their musical journey, and the diversity of my work with them.

Hobbies/interests outside of school:

For all my sins, I have been an Arsenal season ticket holder since I was 18. I love to travel and partake in as much sport as I can.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Fireman and/or a professional footballer!

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

To heal.

What was the last book you read?

‘The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle’ by Stuart Turton.

What song are you most likely to sing at a karaoke?

Depends on the time of year! ‘Hammer to Fall’ by Queen, ‘Last Christmas’ by George Michael, and if I’m feeling brave, ‘Take on Me’ by A-ha!

What is your favourite film?


Do you have any phobias or fears?

I’m really not good with heights!

Name three things you would want with you if stranded on a desert island for a week:

A violin or viola, a big knife and my best friend (my wife) – not necessarily in that order!

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