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Michael Henry, musical diector

Born in 1960's London, Michael's musical education came primarily from the I.L.E.A. Centre For Young Musicians (CYM) 1977-81, and the Royal College Of Music, studying clarinet and composition 1981-85.

Alongside early experiences as a school chorister and clarinettist, he wrote his first piece at the age of 7, wrote a symphony in biro at the age of 14, was lead vocalist and bass guitarist in a punk trio during his secondary school years and lead vocalist in a jazz funk quintet during his college years. He has been an eclectic, professional musician ever since, who now works primarily in theatre.

Musical Director
Michael has been regularly engaged by many of London and the UK's leading establishments since 2009.
  • The Young Vic: Further Than The Furthest Thing (2023) | The Brothers Size (2018) | FEAST (2013)

  • Rose Theatre, Kingston: The Caucasian Chalk Circle (2022)

  • Chichester Festival Theatre: A Midsummer Night's Dream (2023) | The Long Song (2021)

  • Royal and Derngate: Our Lady of Kibeho (2019)

  • The Old Vic: Sylvia (2018)

  • National Theatre: Barber Shop Chronicles (2017-19) | An Octoroon (2018) | The Amen Corner (2013) | Emperor And Galilean (2011) | FELA! (2010-11) | Death And The King's Horseman (2009)

  • The Almeida: They Drink It In The Congo (2016) | Mr. Burns (2014)

  • Shakespeare's Globe: As You Like It (2023) | The Merchant Of Venice (2015)

  • Leeds Playhouse: Boi Boi Is Dead (2015)

FEATURETTE: The vocal music of Barber Shop Chronicles

He has also acted as musical director in the fields of dance (Protein DanceMay Contain Food 2015-16), a cappella (The ShoutA Short Shout 2014 | Flying Pickets Changing Times 2007), youth theatre (Talawa Bite Your Tongue 2017 | The Big HouseThe Realness 2014) and pop music (The Pet Shop Boys – Debut Tour 1989)


can involve any combination of the following:

  • Rehearsal planning, management and leadership

  • Music composition and arrangement

  • Music transcription and engraving

  • Audio production for learning files

  • Audio production for sound design elements

  • Vocal / instrumental performance

  • Individual vocal coaching

  • Conducting


Explore Michael's skill sets via the menu at the top.

Michael Henry, musical director at the piano
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