Neil Carter (musician)

Neil Andrew Carter (born 11 May 1958) is an English musician who has worked in diverse genres throughout his career. Classically trained, he became a professional rock musician at the age of 17 and initially had his first "mainstream" experience with singer-songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan. He subsequently played guitar and keyboard for the hard rock band UFO, blues rock guitarist Gary Moore, and Wild Horses. He is credited for co-writing a number of Gary Moore's songs including the worldwide hit "Empty Rooms". At 30 he left the rock world and developed a different career as both teacher of woodwind (saxophone and clarinet) and as an ABRSM examiner. 2010 saw an unexpected return to rock with Gary Moore, playing festivals across Europe and a tour of Ukraine and Russia. Future tours and a Celtic rock album were to follow but this was curtailed by the death of Gary Moore in February 2011.

Neil Carter
Birth nameNeil Andrew Carter
Born (1958-05-11) 11 May 1958
Bedfont, Middlesex, England, UK
Genresclassical music, jazz, hard rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, examiner
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, clarinet, saxophone, keyboard, flute, bassoon, bass guitar
Associated actsUFO, Wild Horses, Gary Moore
WebsiteOfficial website

On 30 April 2019, it was announced that he would return to UFO for their 'Last Orders' tour, following the death of Paul Raymond. The tour began in June 2019 in Germany with concerts and festival appearances. It is expected that following the USA dates in autumn 2019 there will be some concerts in 2020 as a continuation of the bands’ final 50th anniversary tour.

Brighton College career

He taught at Brighton College, from January 1993 holding the position of "Head of Woodwind and Brass".[1] He taught one-on-one lessons on clarinet and saxophone. Neil was the conductor of the school Concert Band, and the school Saxophone Ensemble and led the School's Swing Band.[2] Neil left Brighton College in June 2014 to move down to his home in Lanzarote. He will continue his work as an examiner for ABRSM.


With UFO

With Wild Horses

With Gary Moore

See also


  1. The Blue Book (Summer Term 2008 ed.). Brighton College. April 2008. p. 2.
  2. "Brighton College music department activities". Archived from the original on 23 October 2008. Retrieved 18 July 2008.

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