writes music.

Born in 1987, Michael is a Manchester-based composer working in the blurred area between contemporary classcial and experimental electronic music. His works emphasise the physicality of performance; whether in overtly dramatic works for voices and ensemble, or exploring the physical actions of performers in instrumental music. A recent development is the increasing use of live electronics in his music, of which its physical nature is similarly emphasised. Michael's current I AM A STRANGE LOOP series represents another strand of his musical interests - the idea of looping, repetition and self-reference.

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 New Wave Scheme (2014). He has worked closely with such groups and performers as Ensemble Intercontemporain, Exaudi, Philharmonia Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Namascae Lemanic Modern Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Endymion Ensemble, Manchester Camerata, Composers Ensemble, Lontano, Lancashire Sinfonietta, BBC Singers, Sarah Nicolls 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, Le Centquatre(Paris), The Anvil (Basingstoke), Royaumont Abbey, Dartington Hall, Zurich Hochschule, The Forge (Camden), Limewharf and RNCM Concert Hall.

Michael 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, Royaumont Voix Nouvelles Composition Course 2013 and IRCAM's Manifeste 2014 studying with Brian Ferneyhough, Oscar Bianchi and Fabien Lévy.

Upcoming concerts include a new work for Sarah Nicolls and Sound Intermedia for HCMF 2014, a new work for Divertimento Ensemble in Expo Milano 2015, and a commission for the London Symphony Orchestra as a participant of the LSO Panufnik Scheme.


organises events.

Michael co-curates OHNO, a series of nights supported by Sound and Music's Danish-UK Composer-Curator programme, collaborating with Joe Snape, Sandra Boss and Soren Kjaergaard. The first event was a weekend in Cafe Oto in April 2014, bringing together a diverse range of artists from the UK, Denmark, Germany and the US. Featured guests included Anders Lauge Meldgaard, Simon Steen-Andersen, Theresa Wong, ACM Ensemble and Slip Discs.

The follow up event will take place in Copenhagen sometime in 2015, with the support of SNYK.


runs an experimental music group.

In January 2012, Michael co-founded ACM Ensemble along with fellow composer Vitalija Glovackyte. Orginally focused on bringing recent international masterpieces to the UK, ACM has worked closely with such influential composers as Hans Abrahamsen (on his work Schnee) and Simon Steen-Andersen (Amid and re-rendered) in its first year. It is also committed to supporting emerging composers and has so far commissioned new works by 10 composers, including the 40-minute multimedia work EIGHTFEET.COM by Vitalija Glovackyte.

In 2013 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 performing in venues such as Cafe OTO, RNCM, International Anthony Burgess Centre, ACM has performed in festivals such as Manchester's New Music North West Festival 2013, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival 2013. The group will give its second performance in HCMF in November 2014, supported by Sound and Music.

Future plans include a UK-tour of a new 50-minute work by Joe Snape, a performance with Ensemble 10/10 of Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip, and a release of music written for and by the group.







27.11.2014 I AM A STRANGE LOOP III - HCMF2014.

Performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe and Dan Halford as part of Sound and Music's New Wave Scheme.

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02.2015 New Works - Impuls Academie 2014, Graz.

As part of Impuls Academy, I will participate in reading sessions with Klangforum Wien and Ian Pace.

04.2015 New Work - Divertimento Ensemble, Milano.

New work commissioned by Divertimento Ensemble as part of their "Feeding Music" composition competition

04.2015 New Work - ACM Ensemble UK Tour

Commissioned as part of ACM's tour of new works.

05.2015 New Work - London Symphony Orchestra, LSO St Lukes.

Commissioned through the LSO Panufnik Scheme.

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• 28 June 2014 - clock in, on, out - Le Centquatre, Paris

Performed by Ensemble Intercontemporain and Exaudi, during IRCAM's Manifeste Academie 2014.

• 31 May 2014 - I AM A STRANGE LOOP II - Royal Festival Hall, London

Performed by Philharmonia Orchestra, conducted by Clark Rundell. Commissioned by the Royal Philharmonic Society.

• 29 March 2014 - 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.

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SABRe bass clarinet & electronics. Premiered by Robbie Gardiner in Cafe OTO, April 2014.



for large ensemble. Commissioned by Royal Philharmonic Society, performed by Philharmonia Orchestra in the Royal Festival Hall, May 2014.



Inside-out piano, percussion & 3 cassette players. Part of Sound and Music's New Wave Scheme, performed by Sarah Nicolls, Olly Lowe and Dan Halford in St Pauls Hall during HCMF, November 2014.



• Other works

clock in, on, out (2014)
for soprano, bass and ensemble (fl,cl,bsn,hn,tpt,tbn,perc,2vln,vla,vc,db)


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


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


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


email me at mcutting9@gmail.com.