Michael Cutting is a composer currently active in both London and Manchester. He studied at the Royal Northern College of Music with Gary Carpenter, Adam Gorb and David Horne, completing his Masters with Distinction and the Soroptomist Award in 2011. Michael is now working towards a PhD at Kings College London, supervised by George Benjamin. He also attended Dartington Summer School 2012 and Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Composition Course 2013, studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Oscar Bianchi and Fabien Lévy.

Michael has worked closely with such groups as Philharmonia Orchestra, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, Endymion Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Composers Ensemble, Lontano, Lancashire Sinfonietta, BBC Singers and RNCM Symphony Orchestra, as well as curators such as Park Lane Group and Nonclassical. His music has been performed in Royal Festival Hall, Cadogan Hall, Purcell Room, The Anvil (Basingstoke), Royaumont Abbey, Dartington Hall, Zurich Hochschule, The Forge (Camden), Limewharf and RNCM Concert Hall.

Michael has been awarded numerous young composer awards, including the BBC Proms Young Composition Competition (2006), the Christopher Brooks Memorial Prize (2008), Sound and Music's Francis Chagrin Award (2013), RPS Composition Prize (2013), LSO Panufnik Prize (2014), and Sound and Music's Higher Education Programme (2014).

Upcoming concerts include a new work for Sarah Nicolls and Sound Intermedia for HCMF 2014, a new work for Ensemble Intercontemporain and Exaudi as part of ManiFeste Academy 2014, and a commission for the London Symphony Orchestra as a participant of the LSO Panufnik Scheme.


In January 2012, Michael co-founded ACM Ensemble along with fellow composer Vitalija Glovackyte. ACM is a contemporary group based in Manchester primarily focused on bringing recent international masterpieces to the UK. The ensemble consists of highly talented current and recently graduated students of RNCM, all of whom are forging significant international careers in their own right. With their shared interest in performing and developing their knowledge of the contemporary repertoire, the ensemble is gaining a reputation for its ambition and highly-quality programming.

In its short history, ACM ensemble has already worked closely with such influential composers as Hans Abrahamsen (on his work Schnee) and Simon Steen-Andersen (Amid and re-rendered), as well as inviting international performers such as the Swedish recorder player Anna Petrini. Recently, the ensemble was awarded an MBF Emerging Excellence Award to establish a close working relationship with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic's Ensemble 10/10. As well as a performance in Manchester's New Music North West Festival in October, ACM is also preparing for its Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival debut, performing Morton Feldman's Viola in My Life series as a HCMF Short in November 2013.

ACM Ensemble is also committed to supporting young composers and has so far commissioned works by five emerging composers. In its next concert, ACM has asked eight composers with links to the RNCM to collaborate on two large pieces, which will be performed as part of the New Music North West Festival in RNCM.


Aside from creating programmes with ACM Ensemble, Michael curates events through Sound and Music's Danish-UK Composer-Curator programme, collaborating with Joe Snape, Sandra Boss and Soren Kjaergaard on a series of nights called OHNO, in cafe OTO and a venue in Copenhagen (tbc).

Future plans include a festival of contemporary music in Manchester and establishing working relationships with artists of other disciplines in the city to create innovative multi-medium programmes.




upcoming events

I AM A STRANGE LOOP II - Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall

Performed as part of the Music of Today series by players from the Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell. Alongside works by other RPS winners Samantha Fernando and Matthew Kaner.

Music of Today: Young Composers Academy
Saturday 31st May 2014, 6:00pm
Royal Festival Hall, London

clock in, on, out - Ensemble Intercontemporain & Exaudi, Paris

As part of ManiFeste Academy 2014, I will write a new work for Ensemble Intercontemporain and two singers from Exaudi. The performance will be given at the end of a week-long course in Paris, conducted by Matthias Pintscher.

I AM A STRANGE LOOP III - Sarah Nicolls & Sound Intermedia, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

As part of Sound and Music's Higher Education Scheme, I will be writing a new work for 'Inside-out' piano, percussion and electronics, working with Sarah Nicolls and Sound Intermedia. The new work will be performed during HCMF 2014 and released on the NMC record label.

new work - London Symphony Orchestra, LSO St Lukes

A Commission through the LSO Panufnik Scheme, this new work will be performed alongside 5 other new works in a public workshop.

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past events

• 29 March - I AM A STRANGE LOOP Ib- Cafe OTO, London

Performed by Robbie Gardiner, and ACM Ensemble as part of the OHNO weekend in Cafe OTO, curated by Joe Snape, Sandra Boss, Soren Kjaergaard and myself.

• 23 Janurary 2014 - I AM A STRANGE LOOP I & ...into the perpetuum of silence - Zurich Hochschule, Switzerland

Written in collaboration with clarinetist Robbie Gardiner and the Zurich Hochschule's ICST institute, this work for the newly created SABRe bass clarinet was premiered by Robbie in the University, with further performances in Paris, London and Manchester.

• 31 October 2013 - Collaboration #1 - RNCM, Manchester

A collaborative project between 8 composers, performed by ACM Ensemble, as part of the New Music North West Festival 2013.

• 20 September 2013 - ...into the perpetuum of silence - Limewharf, London

Alex Roberts (clarinet). Part of Nonclassical's Heat The Beat programme.
Limewharf, London.


• 16 September 2013 - Artificial White - Royaumont Abbeye, France

Helene Walter (soprano) and Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, directed by William Blank.
Performed in Royaumont Abbey, France, as the culmination of the Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Composition Session 2013.


• 26 June 2013 - i can't go on, i'll go on - RNCM, Manchester

ACM Ensemble, directed by Carlos Del Cueto.
Performed in Carole Nash Recital Room, RNCM Manchester.


• 7 June 2013 - i can't go on, i'll go on - Kings College London

Lontano Ensemble, directed by Odaline de la Martinez.
Kings College London.


• 21 May 2013 - when the world is puddle-wonderful - The Forge, Cameden

Joshua Batty (flute), Anna Hashimoto (clarinet) and Richard Uttley (piano)
Performed in The Forge (Camden) as part of New Dots' programme.


• 17 April 2013 - Between Silences - Glasgow City Halls

Kay Stephen (Violin)
Glasgow City Halls, as part of Edit Point's Sound Lab series.


• 26 August 2012 - Utterances - Dartington Hall
• 13 January 2012 - Shifting Light - Purcell Room, London

Pau Codina (cello)
Purcell Room, part of Park Lane Groups Young Artists New Year Series 2012.

upcoming events -->


• orchestral

Pilgrim (2012) - for symphony orchestra (listen) (score)

• ensemble

Artificial White (2013) - for soprano and ensemble (sax,perc,pno,2vln,vla,vc) (listen)

i can't go on, i'll go on (2013) - for ensemble (bcl,hn,tpt,tbn,perc,pno) (listen)

Utterances (2012) - for ensemble (fl,cl,perc,vln,vc) (listen)

• chamber

when the world is puddle-wonderful (2013) - flute, clarinet and piano (listen)

Esslinian Theatre (2012) - oboe and piano

Winter Visions (2008-2012) - violin and piano (listen) (score)

Rippled Surface (2011) - viol consort

• solo

Between Silences (2013) - for violin

Shifting Light (2012) - for cello (listen) (score)

...into the perpetuum of silence (2009) - for speaking clarinetist (listen) (score)



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