Arranging & Composition

Arranging, composition and transcription services customised for any ensemble.

Michael is particularly experienced in writing for horn sections and big bands, 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 bespoke 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 and Polly Gibbons, trombonist Mark Nightingale and trumpeter Mike Lovatt.

Below is 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: