One of England’s top electronic and theatre organists, Michael is celebrating his 30th year in entertainment.
His first whole professional concert was in June 1980, the same year in which he won the UK Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition playing the Wurlitzer organ at the Granada Cinema, Kingston-upon-Thames and, in 1984, he was honoured by the Cinema Organ Society with their prestigious Ian Sutherland Award. He has gone on to enjoy a successful career in music, playing for concerts, dances and special events throughout the United Kingdom, as well as making playing tours of Holland, Germany and Australia. He has worked as a celebrity concert artiste for Yamaha, Hammond and Wersi organs, and is now pleased to be associated with the wonderful Roland Atelier series of instruments.
Michael is at home at the piano keyboard and, as cocktail pianist, has worked at venues as diverse as Butlin’s Holiday Centres and the Savoy Hotel in London.
In 2010 he is thrilled to be featuring as Piano Soloist with the legendary Mantovani Orchestra, now under the control of the great leader's son and a small consortium. He has appeared on the five-manual Compton theatre organ at the famous Odeon, Leicester Square and was especially delighted to play for a Royal Premiere in the presence of H.R.H. The Prince of Wales.
Michael is highly regarded for the excellence of his dance music. Besides playing for a great many sequence and ballroom events, he is much in demand to play for various parties and functions. Other work includes giving private music lessons and playing the classical organ for church services, weddings and funerals.
Michael has always listened to lots of swing music and now occasionally plays piano in a full eighteen-piece big band. He also enjoys performing in smaller jazz groups of any size. Always renowned for his versatility, Michael has become involved in many different musical spheres. He even spent a couple of years playing with The Los Palmas 6, the leading Madness tribute band – remember their hits in the 80s, Our House, I Go Driving In My Car, Love Struck, House Of Fun etc, etc. With them he has worked throughout the UK, in Ireland and in Dubai.
A great lover of musical theatre, he has played ‘in the pit,’ often working as Musical Director, for over 30 different musicals including Carousel, My Fair Lady, Annie, Fiddler on the Roof, It’s A Swing Thing, Guys and Dolls, Glitz, Half a Sixpence, Call Me Madam, Hans Anderson, Annie Get Your Gun, A Christmas Carol, Babes in the Wood, Oklahoma, The Boy Friend, The Minstrel Stars, Kismet, The Wireless Years, As Happy as a Sandbag, Blitz, Melodytimes, We’ll Meet Again, Hello Dolly, Variety Startime, Variety Bandbox and The Wizard of Oz.
In 2004 he became a fully-fledged show producer, forming a new business partnership, That's Entertainment Productions, with the aim of providing quality family entertainment in theatres throughout the UK. Under this banner, he tours with their productions, which include Liberace - Live From Las Vegas; Memories of the Black and White Minstrels, with the original stars, costumes and music from the record breaking TV and Stage show; and Palladium Memories with Syd Little. The Amazing World of Professor Nutty, creates a world of song, magic and illusion for children of all ages. Following on from the success of their 2007, 2008 and 2009 seasons, in 2010 they are delighted to be providing resident summer productions for the Whitehall Theatre, Dundee and the West Cliff Theatre, Clacton.
Well respected throughout the organ world, Michael has adjudicated at various events, including both the National Electronic Organ Competition and the Young Theatre Organist of the Year Competition, as well as at local music festivals. In the media, Michael can be heard on the popular BBC Radio 2 programme, The Organist Entertains, and he has been featured on television, both playing and demonstrating the magnificent Compton organ at The Pavilion Theatre in Bournemouth. Over the years he has made many contributions and had regular columns in the trade magazines, including the Organ and Keyboard Cavalcade, Keyboard Player and Organ and Keyboard World.