About Michael

Conductor | Pianist | Repetiteur

“Waldron maintains pulse and purpose”
(The Independent)

Michael Waldron began his musical training as a chorister at St Ambrose College. After a gap year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, Michael went on to spend four years as Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, under the direction of Stephen Layton. During his time there he was involved with the Choir’s numerous international tours, concerts, broadcasts and Gramophone award-winning recordings. In 2007 Michael was winner of the Cambridge University Edith Leigh piano competition.

Michael is the founder and Artistic Director of the London Choral Sinfonia. From the autumn of 2017 he will take up the post as Conductor and Musical Director of Islington Choral Society. He has been Artistic Director of London Lyric Opera since 2012, Musical Director of the Epworth Choir since 2014, founder and Artistic Director of the Pinnacle Ensemble, and also currently holds positions with Guildford Choral Society, the University of West London Chamber Choir, and the Choir of Chelsea Old Church. He has worked with the Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the London Camerata, and the English Arts Chorale, alongside conductors including Sir Jeffrey Tate and Stephen Layton.

A champion of new music, Michael has premiered new works and recordings with a number of composers including Francis Grier, Richard Pantcheff, Tarik O’Regan and Oliver Rudland. He will premiere two new works this season by the LCS Composer-in-Residence, Owain Park. He recently premiered a new work by Oliver Rudland with a libretto by the Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy. His realisation of Francis Grier’s epic Sword in the Soul was premiered in 2010 and featured poet Sir Geoffrey Hill and librettist Alice Goodman.

“Michael Waldron provides a rip-roaring piano accompaniment”
(The Guardian)

Michael Waldron’s discography includes numerous Hyperion recordings with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, recordings with the Choir of Worcester Cathedral, a world-premiere recording of music by Ian Assersohn, and two upcoming releases with the London Choral Sinfonia of music by Richard Pantcheff and a disc of contemporary Christmas music.

Upcoming projects with the London Choral Sinfonia include performances of Bach, Handel and Vivaldi at Cadogan Hall; Britten: St Nicolas at St John’s Smith Square as part of the St John’s Smith Square Christmas Festival; and a performance as part of the St John’s Smith Square American Festival in 2018.

“Waldron really was the glue that held the production together musically. Bravo!”
(Opera and Me)

Highlights this season also include conducting Opera Della Luna’s critically-acclaimed production of Offenbach’s Croquefer and Tulipatan as it continues its nationwide tour; a tour to Italy in collaboration with Lingua e Lirica, further tours to Malta, and a performance of Brahms’ Requiem with Islington Choral Society and Camden Symphony Orchestra at St John’s Smith Square. Highlights in recent seasons have included a project with the City of London Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall, directing the critically-acclaimed production of Verdi: La Traviata for Go Opera and its subsequent revivals; a Channel 4 film for London Lyric Opera, directing Opera Della Luna’s performances of Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld at The Lowry, Manchester, and performances of Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin as part of Ryedale Festival Opera. As a guest conductor, recent projects include Chausson’s Symphony Op.20 and Copland: Appalachian Spring with the London Lawyers Orchestra; a concert tour to Belgium with Amici Voices; a concert with the Band of the Royal Marines; Bach Cantatas with the Cambridge Bach Players, and concerts as party of the City of London Festival and Celebrate the City Festival with the Pinnacle Ensemble.

“Michael Waldron and his band navigate their way through the score sensitively”
(London Evening Standard)

Michael continues a busy profile as a pianist and accompanist, having performed extensively across the world. Recent highlights include recitals with Charlie Siem at the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome; Topi Lehtipuu at the Philharmonie, Luxembourg; with the Orion Orchestra under the direction of Edward Gardner at the Royal Festival Hall, and a studio recording with Pink Floyd at Abbey Road. He has also worked alongside Dame Kiri te Kanawa, Emma Bell, Andrew Foster-Williams, and Gerald Finley.