Michael Pollock MA, MMus, HonARAM, ARCM
Michael won a music scholarship to Magdalen College, Oxford before going to the Royal College of Music to study piano accompaniment with Roger Vignoles. He enjoyed a long association with Welsh National Opera, firstly as a member of music staff and then as freelance Vocal Consultant. During this time he was responsible for the musical preparation of about 75 different operas, working closely with conductors such as Sir Reginald Goodall, Sir Charles Mackerras, Sir Richard Armstrong, Pierre Boulez and Carlo Rizzi. He has also worked on several contemporary operas with Music Theatre Wales.
He is now Consultant Coach for the Harewood Artists at English National Opera, and in addition to his work with singers, repetiteurs and accompanists at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he is also on the teaching staffs of the Royal Academy of Music (where he has been awarded an Honorary Associateship), the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio, as well as occasionally coaching for the Royal Opera House and Scottish Opera. He is vice-chairman and a founding Trustee of the Kenneth Loveland Gift.
He has accompanied Dame Kiri Te Kanawa in recitals in Europe, Asia, Scandinavia, and at the 50th Israel Festival in Jerusalem; and with Bryn Terfel he has appeared in the UK, Norway, Asia, Australia, and the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Other singers whom he has accompanied in recital include Dame Anne Evans, Gwyn Hughes Jones, Katarina Karnéus, Christopher Maltman, Dennis O’Neill, Tom Randle, Adrian Thompson, Ailish Tynan and Sir Willard White. He acted as official accompanist for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World competition on three occasions and has frequently broadcast on Radio 3. He also partners instrumentalists such as violinist Kerenza Peacock, cellist Steffan Morris, and clarinettists Leslie Craven and Robert Plane. His recordings include a disc of English songs with the baritone Anthony Michaels-Moore, two collections of Italian songs with Rebecca Evans and Nuccia Focile, the world premiere of Alun Hoddinott’s Towy Landscapes, and both Brahms clarinet sonatas (plus the sonata by Nino Rota) with Leslie Craven.
‘Love is in the Air’ – Songs for Lovers, 14-16 February 2014
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