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Michael Reed studies at the Royal College of Music where he was awarded the Tagore Gold Medal. He has conducting, orchestrating and arranging credits for over twenty West End shows, including Phantom of the Opera, Barnum, On the Twentieth Century, Ziegfeld and Singin' in the Rain. As Musical Supervisor he was responsible for the worldwide productions of many of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Aspects of Love and Whistle Down the Wind. He was Musical Director for the DVDs of Joseph and also Andrew Lloyd Webber's 50th Birthday Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2000 he orchestrated and conducted the music for the movie Furia with music written by Brian May. In 2009, Michael was Musical Director for the film of the Broadway musical A Tale of Two Cities for the PBS Channel in the United States.
Michael has been a guest conductor with most of the leading orchestras in the UK particular the Royal Philharmonic, and the BBC Concert orchestras. Also a frequent contributor for BBC Radio 2, Michael conducted many of the BBC Radio 2 complete musical recording including Guys and Dolls, A Little Night Music and Jesus Christ Superstar. In 2008, Michael conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra and student from the BRIT School in a special concert on BBC Radio 2 live from the Mermaid Theatre, London. In 2008, he was Musical Director for Ian Fleming's Centenary Celebration Gala at the London Palladium.
Michael has worked extensively in television including arranging and conducting five Royal Variety Shows, the Eurovision Song Contest, three Royal Galas for the Prince's Trust and the Laureus World Sports Awards from Monte Carlo. For the Millennium, as part of the BBC's live coverage from Greenwich, Michael conducted the London Symphony Orchestra along with the Simply Red, The Eurythmics and Lesley Garrett. HE was the original conductor for Raymond Gubbay's Classical Spectacular concerts and was a founder conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Pops Orchestra.
Michael has recorded numerous cast albums including Noel Corward's Bitter Sweet, Ziegfeld and The Phantom of the Opera. He was the conductor and arranger for Michael Crawford Performs Andrew Lloyd Webber and Sarah Brightman's Surrender album. He also conducted Jose Carreras' Passion album and the very successful single Time To Say Goodbye featuring Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli.
Michael has worked extensively in the USA as Musical Supervisor of Aspects of ove, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Whistle Down the Wind and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber which toured all over the States and performed at Radio City with Michael Crawford.
In 1999, Michael won 'Best Composer of the Year' and the 'Warner Chappell' prizes at the Vivian Ellis Awards for his musical, Les Enfants du Paradis, written with Angela Richards. With book writer and lyricist Warner Brown, Michael and Jim Steinman have written Garbo, which premiered in Stockholm, 2003.
He has written a musical oratorio with Fay Weldon called War In Heaven, which was commissioned by the Greek government for the Athens Festival in 2006.
He has enjoyed a long association with the King's Head Theatre in Islington which still continues to this day. He orchestrated and arranged Mr Cinders, Wonderful Town, One Touch of Venus and his own show Six For Gold written with Warner Brown.
Michael has been composer for four Holiday On Ice productions which were directed by Anthony van Laast and choreographed by Robin Cousins. In 2007, he composed, orchestrated and conducted the score for The Beauty of Magic starring Hans Klok which opened in Las Vegas and directed by Anthony van Laast.
In Vienna, Michael was the Music Arranger / Supervisor for Dance of the Vampires, directed by Roman Polanski, which opened in 1997 and is currently running in Berlin where it has just celebrated its 15th year of continuous performances. It has also played - or is playing - in Tokyo, St. Petersburg, Budapest, Warsaw, Helsinki and New York!
In Germany, Michael was Musical Supervisor and Orchestrator for Die Drei Muksetier and Ich war noch niemals in New York, which is currently playing in Zurich and Oberhausen.
In 2010, Michael started his association with Thunerseespiele and was Musical Supervisor and Arranger for Dallebach Kari and in 2011, Gothelf. In 2013, he composed with Moritz Schneider the score for Der Besuch der alten Dame, which he also arranged and orchestrated, opening in February 2014 at the Ronacher Theatre in Vienna.
Also in 2013, Michael orchestrated and arranged Moses written by Michael Kunze and Dieter Falk, which opened in St. Gallen in Switzerland in February, and is still running.
Tanz der Vampire opened at the Mogador Theatre in Paris in October 2014.
Michael was Arranger and Musical Supervisor for Stage Entertainment's Moeder, Ik Wil Bij de Revue, which opened Autumn 2014 in Utrecht.
This year (2015), Michael wrote a rock oratorio about St. Paul with lyricist John Theakston called Rock In A Hard Place which had its world premiere in June at St. Paul's Church Grove Park. More performances are planned for next year.
In August, Der Besuch der Alten Dame opened to rave reviews at Theatre Creations in Tokyo. Tanz der Vampire will perform at the Imperial Theatre in Tokyo in November.
Michael is currently working on Dennis Martin's Der Medicus as Musical Arranger and Orchestrator which will open in Fulde, Germany, next June. He is also Musical Supervisor / Arranger and Orchestrator for I Am An Austrian, a musical based on the songs of Reinhard Fendrich, opening in Vienna, 2017.