Arranging & Media Composition

Michael is particularly experienced writing for big bands and horn sections, as well as settings for orchestral scores and theatre productions.

Along with writing for his own ensembles, Strictly Smokin’ Big Band and Northern Orchestra, Michael has worked with groups including Cattle and CaneSmoove + Turrell and RJ Thompson on performance and studio projects creating large scale orchestral arrangements, and horn section arrangements.

Arrangements have also been created for performance by artists including saxophonist Alan Barnes, vocalists Claire Martin, Polly Gibbons, and Alice Grace, trombonist Mark Nightingale and trumpeter Mike Lovatt.

Michael also has interest in composition for media projects, with a focus in radio – below is a series of pieces for radio documentary, listen below – more info here:

The orchestral introduction composed to Cattle and Cane’s song Sold My Soul, arranged and directed by Michael:

Sold My Soul, orchestral introduction:

Big Band arrangement, Love For Sale arranged for female vocals (Polly Gibbons) with big band:

Big Band score, Evenin’ arranged for male vocals with big band: