Michael England

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Michael England has established a reputation as a highly versatile conductor of an extremely wide repertory, ranging from classical music, ballet, film, television and musical theatre. He has conducted many of the top UK orchestras including the Philharmonia (at Buckingham Palace in the presence of HRH, The Prince of Wales), City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Scottish National, Royal Philharmonic Concert, BBC Concert, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Orchestra of Welsh National Opera, Orchestra of Opera North, National Symphony Orchestra. International engagements include the Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, Shanghai Philharmonic, Stockholm Sinfonietta, Slovenia Radio Symphony and Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. He made his debut with the NDR Radio Philharmonie recording a CD of film music, released in February 2020 on Sony Music. 2019/2020 sees return engagements with City of Birmingham, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Royal Northern, Royal Scottish National and Shanghai Opera House Orchestra.

He made his ballet debut with Shanghai Ballet, conducting their new production of Hamlet, choreographed by Derek Deane, for which he created the score, adapting and orchestrating music by Tchaikovsky. Hamlet was awarded a gold medal at the 2016 Chinese Lotus Awards, the highest honour given in China for dance productions. Michael has since returned to them to conduct revivals of Hamlet, as well as productions of Romeo & Juliet, The Sleeping Beauty and returned in November 2019 to conduct their new production of The Lady of the Camellias.

He has worked at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden as cover conductor on the Royal Ballet productions of The Rite of Spring, Giselle, Chroma, Concerto, Monotones, The Judas Tree, La Valse, The Human Seasons and Marguerite & Armand, working under both Koen Kessels and Barry Wordsworth.

Television includes work as conductor and orchestrator for the live broadcast of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017, and he was Musical Director for the UK television premiere, The Sound of Music – Live, broadcast on ITV television. He has conducted movie concerts of Love Actually – Live with orchestra, in addition to radio broadcasts conducting Radio 2’s Friday Night is Music Night, with programmes ranging from film music to an evening devoted to Tchaikovsky. Michael also conducted the UK debut concert performance of George Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing at the Royal Festival Hall.

In London’s West End, he has been Musical Director for productions of Les Misérables; The Phantom of the Opera, Jerry Springer – The Opera (also BBC TV), Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Producers, The Pajama Game and Miss Saigon. Other productions he has conducted include The Sound of Music, Top Hat (UK), The Phantom of the Opera (Greece), Cats (Hong Kong) and The Pirates of Penzance (Australia tour & Sydney). He was invited to conduct the opening weeks of Cameron Mackintosh’s new 25th anniversary production of Les Misérables; he also conducted the live cast album and worked on the 2012 film.

Michael has composed music for the Royal Ballet’s Draft Works (Clore Studio) and New Works (Linbury Theatre, Royal Opera House). For Deaf Men Dancing he has created sound design and compositions for Rosa (Sadler’s Wells), See Hear, Exceptional & Extraordinary (UK Tour), and is currently working on a new project entitled Hut 8 based on the work of Alan Turing. In addition to this Michael was commissioned by the Royal Ballet School to compose a 40-minute ballet, La Destinée, which premiered at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

The Covid-19 crisis this year has seen the cancellation of, among others, return visits to both the RLPO and CBSO, as well as his debut at the Teatro dell’Opera di Roma, where he was to have conducted performances of Gershwin’s music, with choreographer Derek Deane. Later this year he conducts ‘The Sound of Music’ at the Alexela Concert Hall in Tallinn. 

10 May, 2022

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