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Michael has played a key role, as Director of Music, in setting up and running the Water City Festival which is an initiative in East London to connect those who live, work and play in the Host Boroughs to the Olympics through music and art. Michael is part of a two way process which is vital to the success of the Cultural Olympiad and its legacy in the communities surrounding the Olympic Park: he has not only helped to make the Park and its cultural activities seem accessible to those communities but, of equal importance, he has connected musicians and artists of great talent with those communities around the Park. For more information, visit the Festival’s website.
English Symphony Orchestra
Michael has held a 23 year position as concertmaster of the English String Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra. The Worcestershire-based ESO was founded by William Boughton as the English String Orchestra in 1978. It soon formed a reputation for performances of English music and made many recordings. For full orchestral repertoire, ESO grew to become the English Symphony Orchestra. Ever since then, “ESO” has served as an acronym with a dual meaning.
The idea of ESO is to share the joys of live music with as wide a population as possible. Their typical concert programme features performances by the Symphony and String Orchestras, and a variety of chamber ensembles, in locations around the West Midlands, Three-Counties, Shropshire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, plus invitations to appear elsewhere for festivals or in residence. For more information visit the ESO website.
Michael is a Patron of Live Music Now. LMN is the largest provider of live music to the UK's welfare, educational, justice and health sectors, with a unique resource of specially trained musicians.
For over thirty years, LMN has been putting into practice the visionary ideals of its founders, Yehudi Menuhin and Ian Stoutzker; bringing the joy and inspiration of live music to those who have limited access to conventional music-making, and helping to develop the careers of young talented musicians.
LMN's music programmes (comprising over 3,000 events each year) deliver social, emotional, physical and educational benefits to participants of all ages and abilities through the promotion of:
For more information, visit the LMN website.
The Lenthall Concert Series
Michael founded the Lenthall Concerts which have been bringing music of outstanding quality to West Oxfordshire since 1992. Each winter season of six concerts, under the direction of Michael, brings a mixture of internationally established artists and talented young musicians to Burford School and Community College. For more information, visit the Lenthall Concert Series website.
The Cirencester Recorded Music Society
Michael is a patron of this society. It was founded 35 years ago and today is proud to be one of the largest of these Societies in the country. It caters mainly for classical music lovers and our programmes cover a wide range, including jazz, and the presenters are frequently well known in the music fraternity. For more information visit their information page.
Chamber Music @ Worcester
Michael is a patron of this Festival. It is run by the Astaria String Quartet and is an annual Festival promoting ‘Music in the Community’ concerts, education workshops and chamber music recitals of the highest quality in Worcester and the surrounding areas. It aims to create a vibrant, accessible and enjoyable environment, where people of all ages can interact with classical chamber music concerts and events. For more information, visit the Festival’s website.
South Birmingham Sinfonia
Michael champions this relaxed and friendly orchestra offering adult players of all ages and background the opportunity to take part in amateur orchestral music making. Each year, they perform four concerts a year in and around Birmingham. All profits are donated to St Mary’s Hospice in Selly Oak. For more information, visit their website.