Michael has had a varied career as Organist and Musical Director playing all over the country for shows. He is accompanist for the Manchester Music Hall association and Musical Director for the Flanagan and Allen Story, a touring show celebrating the life story of the famous duo along with the Crazy Gang and friends George Formby, Florrie Forde and Max Miller. He also plays for a professional touring theatre group, playing for mostly pantomime throughout the year.in addition, he is also director of music at two churches.
He has had an interest in Theatre Organ since an early age, and enjoys playing them when he can. As a theatre organist, Michael can often be found at the Plaza, Stockport on the fine 3/11 Compton playing for film preludes as well as special events. He also plays regularly at the Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust's Organ Heritage Centre at Peel Green, Manchester on the Wurlitzer. Other recent theatre organ dates have included Bournemouth Pavilion, Ossett Town Hall, Stockport Town Hall and Compton Lodge, Leicester. In 2005, Michael was invited over to America to play at the "Sound of Silents" film festival at the Lafayette theatre at Suffern, New York and while there performed as part of the Fort Lee Film Commission's "Fatty in Fort Lee" Fatty Arbuckle season. In 2012 he was featured on BBC Radio 2 'Organist Entertains' at the Plaza Stockport Compton as part of their 80th birthday celebrations.
Michael also plays for organ clubs and societies and is known for a lively style with good humour being a large part of his presentations. He now plays an Orla GT8000 Compact for concerts though is happy to play a club's own instrument if required. Recent engagements include summer pantomime at the Rhyl Pavilion Theatre (Snow White) and the North Pier Theatre, Blackpool (Wizard of Oz). For Christmas 2012 he was Musical Director for That's Entertainment Productions' Dick Whittington and His Amazing Cat' at Haverhill Civic Theatre.
|Concerts in 2016|
|February 23rd||White Rose Organ & Keyboard Society|
|June 15th||Lancastrian Theatre Organ Trust - Heritage Centre|
|September 29th||Stockport Organ & Keyboard Club|
|November 19th||St Georges Church, Stockport (more details)|
Silent film presentation of the film 'Phantom of the Opera' (Lon Chaney 1925) featuring the historic Forster and Andrews/Compton pipe organ. 7.30pm
|Concerts in 2017|
|June 25th||Harworth Christie Organ Enthusiasts|