Concert and opera work has taken him to most of the major venues in London and the major opera houses and concert halls of Europe, and he is equally at home on the recital stage, being a committed exponent of lieder, mélodie and English Song. Michael is an alumnus of the Britten-Pears Young Artists programme at Aldeburgh. In the studio he has appeared on soundtracks for several major Hollywood releases, trailers and albums, and records regularly at Abbey Road studios.
Outside of the concert, opera and studio circuit, Michael performs Spanish song and flamenco in the duo Poniente (www.poniente.net). He has been vocal coach and conductor for choirs of adults and children across Europe, and teaches singing privately and in schools. Michael studies with Adrian Thompson at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and is grateful for the support of the John Wates Charitable Trust.
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Born in London, a music scholar at the City of London School and a graduate of the BMus programme at the University of Leeds and the University of North Texas College of Music, Michael was awarded the Dixon scholarship for the MA in Vocal Studies at York, graduating with distinction. A solo, chorus, consort and session singer in much demand across England and Europe, he works frequently with groups such as the The Academy of Ancient Music, London Voices and Philharmonia Voices, as well as with leading European period ensembles including Le Concert d’Astrée (Emmanuelle Haim), Les Eléments (J. Subihiette), Stradivaria (Daniel Cuiller), Ensemble Matheus (Jean-Christophe Spinosi) and Le Cercle d’Harmonie (J. Rhorer).
His solo repertoire includes the Evangelist in both Bach Passions and Christmas Oratorio, as well as Saint Nicolas (Britten), Messiah (Handel), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Vespers (Monteverdi), and the role of Evangelist in the Weinachts-Histoire of Schutz, in which his 2011 performance at Cadogan Hall was hailed by The Independent as "remarkable...a real star turn".
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