About Michael

Conductor

 

“Waldron maintains pulse and purpose”

(The Independent)

 

“Waldron expertly controls the ebb and flow of the tempo, and Williams’ phrases extended naturally and easily, each and every word making its mark.  The balancing […] in the closing episode is perfectly judged.”

(Opera Today)

 

“Everything is appealingly sincere and direct, Waldron and his rich-toned London Choral Sinfonia eschewing the gimmicky and glib.”

(The Arts Desk)

 

“Great musicality and consummate artistry”

(MusicWeb International)

 

“Waldron keeps the show bristling with dazzling rhythmic life”

(SeenAndHeard International)

 

“Musical standards were very high under the direction of Michael Waldron”

(London Theatre)

Michael Waldron works regularly with many of the top choirs and orchestras in the UK and beyond, including the Philharmonia Orchestra, Hamburg Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment,  Polyphony, London Mozart Players, Holst Singers, City of London Choir, Camden Symphony Orchestra, Tonbridge Philharmonic, Band of the Royal Marines, Woking Symphony Orchestra, Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra and the London Camerata.

“Michael Waldron conducts with style as well as skill.”
(George Hall, The Stage)

Waldron is founder and Artistic Director of the London Choral Sinfonia. He is Artistic Director of London Lyric Opera, Musical Director of Islington Choral Society, Musical Director of Epworth Choir, and has also held positions with Guildford Choral Society and the University of West London Chamber Choir.

Waldron’s large and varied discography has received great critical acclaim. His debut release O Holy Night with the London Choral Sinfonia was selected by The Guardian as one of their top Christmas albums. Together with the LCS and Orchid Classics, he has since embarked on a multi-album project recording orchestral and choral music by Richard Pantcheff. His latest release – Colourise – features a previously unrecorded cantata by Lennox Berkeley, and a world premiere recording of Vaughan Williams 5 Mystical Songs in an original chamber orchestration, featuring baritone Roderick Williams. Amongst numerous 5 star reviews for his recording with the LCS, critical praise for Colourise includes selection by The Times as one of their ‘Best Albums of 2022’.

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

Highlights this season include conducting Gilbert & Sullivan HMS Pinafore at Buxton Opera House, conducting Carlos Acosta’s critically-acclaimed On Before, and a term as Acting Director of Music with the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Recent highlights include concerts with Polyphony as part of the Swansea Festival; Britten St Nicolas at the Dartington International Festival; Humperdink Hansel & Gretel for Iford Opera; workshops for the Royal Opera House; Elgar Cello Concerto, Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem and Rachmaninoff Symphony No.2 with Tonbridge Philharmonic; an all-America programme with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and City of London Choir;; and a recital tour of Italy.

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

Waldron’s operatic engagements also include Opera Della Luna’s critically-acclaimed production of Monckton’s The Arcadians and Gilbert & Sullivan’s HMS Pinafore at Wilton’s Music Hall. He conducted the critically-acclaimed production of Verdi La Traviata for Go Opera and its subsequent revivals; a Channel 4 film of Handel arias for London Lyric Opera, directing Opera Della Luna’s nationwide tour of Offenbach’s Croquefer and Tulipatan, as well as performances of Offenbach’s Orpheus and the Underworld at The Lowry, Manchester; and performances of Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin as part of Ryedale Festival Opera.

“Michael Waldron and his band provides a rip-roaring accompaniment”
(The Guardian)

Born in Manchester, Waldron began his musical training as a chorister at St Ambrose College. He studied conducting under Stephen Layton during his four years as Organ Scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge. During this time, Michael 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.