MICHAEL WALSH studied singing and organ at the College of St Nicholas at the Royal School of Church Music and later Trinity College of Music, where he was awarded the prestigious Ricordi Opera Prize for conducting, and two others for choir training and research.
Michael’s compositions cover a wide range, including two full-scale musicals for school choirs and orchestra (both of which were highly praised in the Times Educational Supplement), incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As you like it and the music for The Mysteries in a kind of medieval/rock fusion. His setting of the Preces and Responses, composed in 1982 for Alan Thurlow and published by Oxford University Press, is now widely performed by Cathedral choirs. He has composed eighteen Mass settings and his Latin Mass of the Holy Trinity for unaccompanied double choir is sung regularly by the choirs of Chichester, Canterbury, Portsmouth and Worcester cathedrals. Settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis for men’s voices have been commissioned by Jeremy Suter at Carlisle cathedral and, more recently, John Scott of St Paul’s cathedral in London. His early music editions (published by OUP) of the Preces and Responses by John Reading and the Sixth Evening Service by Thomas Weelkes, together with his research into John Holmes and William Deane, have ensured him a worthy reputation as a scholar of early music, and over the years his research has earned him a Research Fellowship of Trinity College of Music and a Doctorate in Theology (Religious Music) from Geneva Theological College.
As a countertenor, Michael has taken part in many choral recordings and recital tours to France, Germany, Switzerland, Estonia, Norway and Denmark, the latter when he was assistant tutor to Martin How for the Løgumkloster International Church Music Festival in 1986. He has made several appearances on TV and radio, including conducting BBC Songs of Praise from Boxgrove Priory, Where Stones Speak with the late local historian Bernard Price and Sunday Half Hour on BBC Radio 4.
Away from music, Michael is Creative Director and Managing Editor of The Better Book Company, a local company specialising in helping new authors get into print.