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(c) John Attle 2022

Michael Summers

"Conductor Mike Summers manoeuvred his large forces with impressive speed and dexterity through the fast fugues that open and close the Requiem; the effect was like watching a juggernaut taking a tight corner, and you marvel at the skill of the driver."

Jane Shuttleworth @Music Durham


Michael is a highly respected figure in music within the North East of England, where he has made significant contributions to music education and choral conducting. Currently serving as the Manager of Music Education for Durham Music Service, a lead partner in the Durham and Darlington Music Hub, and a Schools Improvement Advisor across the north of England, Michael has helped to shape the music education landscape in the region.

As a choral conductor, Michael has an impressive track record, having held several musical director positions, including with Felling Male Voice Choir, Guisborough Choral Society, and Prudhoe Gleemen. Additionally, he has worked with The National Youth Choir of Great Britain and Northern Spirit Singers. His conducting performances have included Eric Whitacre’s 5 Hebrew Love Songs at the Albert Hall, Andrew Carter’s Benedicite with a youth massed choir of over 400 voices at Birmingham Town Hall, and Belshazzar’s feast with Durham Choral Society.

Michael pursued his love for choral conducting by obtaining a Masters in Choral Conducting at Huddersfield University with Deborah Catteral. He subsequently moved to Durham to train as a teacher and became Director of Music at St. Thomas More Catholic School in Blaydon. During his tenure, he oversaw national-known ensembles and more than 500 pupils playing instruments. Michael now works with over 350 schools in County Durham, advising on music and education, and often extends his expertise across the North, helping schools and choirs to reach their potential.

In addition to his extensive work in music education, Michael is also the Director of the Durham Vocal Festival, where he showcases the very best choral music from across the North East. His work with renowned artists, such as VOCES8, The Kings Singers, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and The Gabriellis, has further cemented his reputation as a highly sought-after choral conductor. Michael also established the North East Festival of Youth Choirs to showcase the best choral singing from young people in the area.

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