Neil studied clarinet and piano at the Royal College of Music junior department up to the age of eighteen. He then continued to play music on a frequent basis including playing principal clarinet with the Bedfordshire Youth Orchestra. Neil then embarked on a career of teaching and performing and can be heard throughout the South West playing with his own jazz quartet The Neil Maya Quartet as well as the Drat Pack playing swing, soul, Motown and more, Lushlife playing background jazz at functions and Solar playing funk. As well as live performance Neil teaches clarinet and saxophone privately. He also runs a number of groups and takes workshops as well as arranging and composing.