Michael Betteridge

Michael Betteridge

Composer and Vocal Leader

  • Location: Manchester
  • Career stage: Early
  • Freelancer: Available

Michael is a composer based in Manchester having studied at the University of Manchester and later at the Royal Northern College of Music with Adam Gorb and Gary Carpenter. Michael’s output is purposefully eclectic with a particular interest in site-specific work having written Indigestion (tete a tete opera festival) set in a real working restaurant and There and Back Again (lost and found festival) performed on an actual tram! This year, alongside look mum… no hands! for Nicola Benedetti, the London Symphony Orchestra and 80 beginner instrumentalists from London boroughs, he has created Market Songs a site specific a cappella vocal installation for 300 singers for the Salisbury International Arts festival based on the city’s illustrious trading history and, Thousand Furs, an opera with re:sound music theatre in collaboration with Aldeburgh music.

Elsewhere he is passionate about working with amateurs and young people having worked with Opera North, Cheltenham Festivals, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, amongst others. He is one of two composers in residence with Hampshire Music Service as part of Sound and Music’s Embedded scheme. He is also on the adopt-a-composer scheme with Making Music working with the Cobweb Orchestra. He is co-director of Collectives and Curiosities alongside Jacob Thompson-Bell and they were LSO Soundhub members from 2012-2014. He also works for Rochdale Music Service and conducts two choirs in Greater Manchester. You can read more about his work here: michaelbetteridge.com or on twitter: @mbetteridge


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