Michael Betteridge

Award: Fusion Fund

Year: 2019

Genre: Opera

Instrument/voice type: Composer

Location: North West

Website: michaelbetteridge.com

With his work being described as ‘inventive’ (The Financial Times for Thousand Furs), ‘bold’ and ‘colourful’ (The Times for Across the Sky) Michael creates work that challenges and inspires audiences and performers alike. His work has been performed by London Symphony Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, violinist Nicola Benedetti, amongst others, as well as having been performed on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Recent large works include: the Anglo-Icelandic Twitter opera #echochamber that premiered in Reykjavik in May 2018 and was nominated for ‘Event of the Year’ at the Icelandic Music Awards, as well as a collection of songs for male voices and piano with words by poet Andrew McMillan entitled the body is a choir room of which one movement was shortlisted by the British jury for the ISCM World Music Days. 2019 saw the premiere of Across the Sky – a new community opera commissioned by Cheltenham Music Festival as the finale to their 75th anniversary. Future work includes a new collaboration with the Opera North Youth Chorus and a chamber dance-opera inspired by the notion of protest and governance.