2017 / 2018  sees return engagements with the Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, City of Birmingham Symphony and Shanghai Opera House Orchestra, as well as his debut with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Most recently he has been conducting Love Actually in Concert - Film with Live Orchestra , at venues across the UK.

Earlier this year he returned from China where he was working once again with Shanghai Ballet, conducting their new production of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty, choreographed by Derek Deane.

Within the musical theatre world last year Michael was Musical Director for productions of Kiss Me Kate and Top Hat, and earlier this year spent six weeks in Hong Kong, where he was conducting the International tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical CATS.

Michael was conductor and orchestrator for the live television broadcast of BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2017, conducting the BBC Philharmonic.  Other notable work includes conducting the UK premiere Live televison broadcast of The Sound of Music on ITV, conducting the UK debut concert performance of George Gershwin's Of Thee I Sing at the Royal Festival Hall and Hamlet, a new full length ballet choreographed by Derek Deane, for which he created the score adapting and orchestrating music by Tchaikovsky.  At the 2016 Chinese Lotus Awards, Hamlet was awarded a gold medal, the highest honour given in China for dance productions.