Composer & Musical Director
Michael is a London-born composer, vocalist, musical director and clarinettist. His musical education began at London's Centre for Young Musicians and continued at the Royal College of Music, studying clarinet and composition.
Music Directorial positions include: The Amen Corner (National Theatre 2013), FEAST (Young Vic), Emperor and Galilean (National Theatre), FELA! and Death and the King's Horseman (National Theatre)
Michael has provided live backing vocals for George Michael, Chaka Khan, Barry Manilow, Will Young, Jamelia and The Pet Shop Boys (for whom he was also vocal director), studio vocals for Diana Ross, Robbie Williams, Billy Bragg, Chrissy Hynde, and Michael Ball, classical performances for Royal Opera House, English National Opera, Glyndebourne and Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt. Michael was also a featured soloist in Scott Walker's Drifting and Tilting at London's Barbican in 2008.
Recent compositions include the opera Circus Tricks for Tete a Tete, the Rocket Symphony for 500 voices and fireworks for Linz: European Capital of Culture 2009, and Stand for 16 voices (BBC PROMS). His clarinet quartet Birdwatching is performed regularly in the US and Japan.
Other recent engagements include vocal animateur & conductor for the BBC Horrible Histories Prom and vocal director, arranger and performer on the soundtrack for science fiction webisode series RCVR (“Receiver”).
Michael is presently vocalist, composer and arranger in acapella groups Flying Pickets and The Shout.