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Conductor

MICHAEL STEFAN WOOD

Mike studied music in Hertford before taking up a teaching post at Oakmeeds School in 1975, where he is Head of Music and Expressive Arts.

 

An interest in Early Music led to his studying recorder with Evelyn Nallen, eventually gaining the Performer’s Licentiate Diplomas of both London & Trinity Colleges of Music.  He also studied the Violin with Robert Trory and Robert Haydon-Clarke, and currently enjoys playing with the Kaiser Quartet, when time permits!

 

As a player Mike has enjoyed a lot of variety, having played orchestrally on violin, double bass and horn and, more recently, on timpani and percussion.  With the latter he has played in many symphony, chamber and opera orchestras, including the Sussex Symphony Orchestra.  He is also one of the three members of the popular local cabaret group, Wilbury Jam.

 

As a singer, Mike has sung in many choirs and was for some years in the Brighton Festival Chorus where, as well as singing much of the standard choral repertoire, he gained valuable insights into conducting technique, working under leading conductors such as Andre Previn, Lorin Maazel, Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davis. He has sung lead roles in many stage productions including: Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), The King (The King and I), Frank (Die Fledermaus), Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Pooh-Bah (The Mikado) and The Commendatore (Don Giovanni).

 

As a conductor Mike has worked with a variety of orchestras, youth orchestras and choirs.  In addition to conducting the Burgess Hill Symphony Orchestra since 1982, he has been Musical Director of the Burgess Hill Choral Society since 1987, and has been Musical Director for Burgess Hill Operatic Society and Worthing Light Opera Company.