Michael is a composer, vocalist and BBTA award-nominated musical director who has undertaken the dual role of composer and musical director on numerous projects including Mr Burns and They Drink It in the Congo (Almeida Theatre); Boi Boi Is Dead (Leeds Playhouse/Watford Palace Theatre/Tiata Fahodzi); Barber Shop Chronicles (National Theatre); The Bloomsbury Songbook (Bloomsbury Festival); and the online theatrical anthology On Hostile Ground (Royal & Derngate Theatre). He has also been a vocalist, composer and MD with a cappella groups Flying Pickets and The Shout.
Other compositions include the opera Circus Tricks (Tête A Tête), Rocket Symphony, a piece for 500 voices and fireworks co-composed with Orlando Gough (Linz European Capital of Culture 2009), Stand (BBC Proms) and the clarinet quartets Birdwatching. Composition awards include the Stanford, Horowitz and Cornelius Cardew prizes.
He has acted as musical director/performer in numerous productions including The Amen Corner, Emperor and Galilean and Death and the King’s Horseman (National Theatre); FEAST (Young Vic); May Contain Food (Protein Dance Company); and The Pet Shop Boys' debut international tour in 1989.
Other work as musical director includes An Octoroon, Three Sisters and FELA! (National Theatre); Our Lady of Kibeho (Royal & Derngate/Theatre Royal Stratford East); Sylvia (Old Vic); The Brothers Size (Young Vic).
He studied clarinet and composition at the Royal College of Music.