Michael Rose - Conductor & Composer
Michael Rose studied at the Royal Academy of Music, with piano and violin as his
instrumental studies. Following some years as a schoolmaster, he became a Music Adviser,
firstly with Middlesex County Council, then for two London boroughs. There followed four
years as Assistant-in-Charge of the BBC Training Orchestra in Bristol, during which time
he trained and conducted the orchestra regularly, and broadcast frequently - twice in the
In 1972 Michael moved to Bedfordshire as County Music Inspector, where he built the
County Music Service from its small beginnings to a strong and flourishing service, still
recognised as one of the best in the country. He also established the County Youth
Orchestra in its present form, and encouraged the development of the County Band. Later,
he enabled the development of a further three orchestras and another concert band, Dance
Band, the County Youth Choir and the Youth Opera. All of these provide unrivalled
opportunities for the development of young performers.
Since 1972, Michael has regularly conducted the Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra and
Michael took early retirement in 1990 in order to devote more time to freelance
conducting, composing (his Sounds and Sweet Airs was performed by the Choral
Society in 1998) and examining. He has continued as Conductor of the County Youth
Orchestra, which has toured in Italy, France, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Cyprus and the Czech
In 1990 Michael was awarded the OBE for his services to music.
During 2004, the Bedford Choral Society peformed "Songs of Innocence and Experience" a work composed by Michael Rose and based on the poems of William Blake.