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.
In 2012 he was commissioned by the Royal Ballet School to compose a
forty minute ballet. Asked to write in the style of a
'traditional melodic and harmonic ballet', La Destinée,
choreographed by former Australian Ballet dancer Mark Annear, premiered
in the main auditorium at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in July
2013. A feature of La Destinée was that
alongside the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, it had to incorporate
an onstage String Quintet. This was made up of students from The Royal
Academy of Music playing new string instruments from The Calleva
Collection, which is a significant collection of new instruments
crafted by the finest makers and commissioned by Stephen and Caroline
He has just completed a 20 minute piece entitled Rosa for the dance company Deaf Men Dancing, which had its first performance in the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells. The score, an Electronic/Classical mix, featured sections of music restricted to the frequencies audible to deaf choreographer and founder of DMD, Mark Smith.