Michael is a London-born multi-genre composer, baritone vocalist and musical director, who studied clarinet and composition at the Royal College of Music 1981-85 and began his professional career as a member of rock group Buddy Curtess and the Grasshoppers from 1985-89.
He has worked in a directorial capacity with the National, Young Vic, Royal Court and Almeida theatres, West Yorkshire Playhouse and Shakespeare's Globe, among others, and as a vocal animateur on several BBC and schools projects. He presently both sings and writes with a number of a cappella ensembles including The Shout and Flying Pickets.
Backing vocal experiences include Diana Ross, Chaka Khan, George Michael, Robbie Williams, Chrissy Hynde, Billy Bragg, Jamelia, Michael Ball, The Pet Shop Boys, Cliff Richard, Dave McAlmont and Ian Shaw. He has also been the main or sole support act for Michael Jackson, Roy Orbison, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, Lisa Stansfield, Aswad, Edwin Starr and many more.
Classical vocal experiences include featured roles with Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne, Ensemble Modern of Frankfurt, Ensemble X, Shiva Nova and Matrix Ensemble, plus appearances in televised operas by Mark Anthony Turnage, Orlando Gough, Jenni Roditi and Jocelyn Pook.
Michael has also provided televised vocals for Pop Idols, X-Factor, Saturday Night Divas and the 2006 Honda Choir.