Saturday, 30 April 1994
In due course, the short impression below will be replaced with a more extensive career overview
Michael Reed has extensive experience as a conductor of West End musicals. He was the MD of Hans Christian Andersen (1974), Irene (1976), and the English version of Armando Trovajoli’s show ‘Aggiungi un posto a tavola’ (1978). From the 1980s onwards, he was the conductor of almost all Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals at West End, including The Phantom Of The Opera and Aspects Of Love. In 1998, he conducted a 52-piece-orchestra in the Royal Albert Hall in an homage concert for Lloyd Webber. Reed composed and arranged music which accompanied ice dance duo Torvill & Dean, and he made studio recordings with the likes of José Carreras and Sarah Brightman. He also regularly conducted brass bands.
EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
Michael Reed was the conductor of West End star Francis Ruffelle, when she represented the United Kingdom in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin with ‘We Will Be Free (Lonely Symphony)’, composed by the Greek-Irish duo George de Angelis and Mark Dean. De Angelis had arranged the music for the record version, while Reed wrote the orchestration for Dublin.
EUROVISION INVOLVEMENT YEAR BY YEAR
Country – United Kingdom
Song title – “We Will Be Free (Lonely Symphony)”
Rendition – Frances Ruffelle
Lyrics – George De Angelis / Mark Dean
Composition – George De Angelis / Mark Dean
Studio arrangement – George De Angelis
Live orchestration – Michael Reed
Conductor – Michael Reed
Score – 10th place (63 votes)