In addition to his arranging and orchestrating for recordings, West End galas and theatre productions, Michael is also a composer.
He originally studied composition at Huddersfield. In 2007 he furthered his study by successfully completing a Diploma in Composition for the Media, and in May 2010 he attended the Film Music Institute Orchestration Course, in Los Angeles.
He has been invited to write music for stage and television, and his film credits include scoring the short “Break” and a full length feature "Night Junkies".
Other works include commissions for choral works and various orchestral pieces, including Serenade for Solo Violin and String Orchestra, Romance No 1 for Cello and Piano, as well as the Pie Jesu for boy treble.
In December 2008 he was commissioned to write a short piece for members of the Royal Ballet, choreographed by Ludovic Ondiviela, which premiered in The Clore Studio, Royal Opera House, as part of their 'Draft Works' series. This was so successful that Michael was subsequently invited to
develop it further, and it premiered in "New Work in the Linbury"
at the Opera House in May 2009.
February 2010 saw the premiere of a commission from the Syred
Sinfonia, Jazz Suite No. 1, and he has just completed two new
works,'Invictus' for choir and 'Divertissement' for chamber orchestra.
He is currently working on a 35 minute ballet, commissioned
by the Royal Ballet School, which will premiere July
2013 on the main stage at the Royal Opera House with
a seventy piece orchestra.