Biography

“This show is about the music and Musical Director, Michael Riley,

and his orchestra, delivered with energy and enthusiasm.”

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Michael Riley is a music director and conductor from London. His work within musical theatre has spanned a decade and he is currently the music director for the 2021 production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's School of Rock.

Michael studied classical piano and conducting at Trinity College of Music, receiving a first-class BMus (Hons) degree & LTCL (Dip). After graduating, he continued his studies further in orchestral conducting through with Achim Holub and Denise Ham. 

In recent years, Michael has conducted London, regional, touring & international productions of musicals including: 

The Bodyguard, An Officer and a Gentleman, Nativity! The Musical, Legally Blonde, The Wild Party, The Sound of Music, Kiss Me, Kate, The Last Five Years and additionally played on shows including Grease, Jesus Christ Superstar and Hairspray

In addition to his work in theatre, Michael is a qualified vocal coach and is proud to have taught at theatre schools such as The Urdang Academy, London School of Musical Theatre, Mountview, Arts Educational, Central School of Speech and Drama in London, and regional schools including Guildford School of Acting, Rose Bruford and The Emil Dale Academy. 

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Press

“Explosive big numbers and much bling - live music tightly controlled by Michael Riley.”

— British Theatre Guide, 2019.

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“Orchestrations of interest and intelligence played impeccably by the nine-piece band under Michael Riley, is one of the great highlights of the show.”

 

— What’s On Stage, 2018.

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“Michael Riley and his orchestra did wonders in supplying such a big and full sound for the varied score of power ballads and up-tempo dance numbers…complemented all aspects of the production - especially Riley’s perfect incidental music.”

 

— Belfast Times 2019

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