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 1970 Proms.
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 Bedford Sinfonia.
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 Republic.
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.