Michael Reed

Nationality: British

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.

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. Disappointingly, this UK entry finished tenth.

In due course, a more extensive biography of Michael Reed will be published on this website


Songs conducted
1994: We will be free (lonely symphony)