Conductor Michael Seal has established a reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile conductors, his career going from strength to strength, conducting orchestras in the UK and internationally.
In March 2011, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The appointment recognised his work as Assistant Conductor, the first in the CBSO’s history, and the special relationship he has built with the Orchestra.
Michael has conducted the CBSO in many prestigious concerts, appearing with them at the Aldeburgh and Malvern Festivals, as well as venues in London, Manchester and the Midlands. He has given World and UK premieres of music by Richard Causton, Jonathan Girling and Bent Sorensen with the CBSO. Michael appears annually in the CBSO main season at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and has also stood in at very late notice for Sakari Oramo, Richard Hickox, Ilan Volkov and Vasilly Sinaisky to much critical acclaim.
Michael’s vast repertoire list makes for a vivid demonstration of the myriad challenges faced by a “staff” conductor at a major orchestra. One must be able to dispatch industrial quantities of film music, educational arrangements, new works and pops pieces at the highest level, while bringing to core works like Sibelius 5 or Nielsen 2 the kind of gravitas expected by orchestras that regularly work with the best in the business.
Additionally, Michael has conducted the following short excerpts and songs:
Gounod – ‘Je veux vivre’ from Romeo & Juliet ( Susanna Hurrell )
Mozart – ‘Il mio Tesoro’ from Don Giovanni ( Tyler Clarke )
Puccini – ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La Boheme
Schubert/Berlioz – Der Erlkonig
Handel – Hallelujah Chorus
Goodwin – Peanut Vendor
Rogers – ‘You’ll never walk alone’
Copland – ‘I Bought me a Cat’
Arr. Green – Octonauts Theme
Britten – ‘Moto Perpetuo’ from Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge
Arr. Green – Tommy Zoom Theme
Elgar – ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations
Mancini – Pink Panther
Barry – Goldfinger
Barry – Diamonds are forever
Puccini – Doretta’s song from ‘La Rondine’ (Soprano – Maureen Brathwaite)
Prokofiev – Wedding and Troika from ‘Lte Kije Suite’
Tchaikovsky – Waltz from ‘Swan Lake’
Puccini – El lucevan el stelle from ‘Tosca’ (Tenor – Joseph Guyton)
Mussorgsky – The Great Gate of Kiev from ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’
Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathrustra (opening)
Parker jnr – Ghostbusters
Beethoven – Symphony No.7 (Movt 2)
Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.2 (Movt 2) (Ben Dawson)
Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (Final Scene)
Mahler – Symphony No.5 – Adagietto
Rossini – Ov. William Tell (Galop)
Saint Saens – Symphony No.3 (Finale)
Mussorgsky – ‘The Old Castle’ & ‘Baba Yaga’ from Pictures at an Exhibition
Stravinsky – ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Finale’ from The Firebird
Lehar – ‘Vilja’ from The Merry Widow
Puccini – ‘O mio babbino Caro’ from Gianni Schicchi
Korngold – Mariettas Lied from Die Tote Stadt
Gounod – ‘Je veux vivre’ from Romeo & Juliet (Soprano – Helen Withers)
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