Repertoire Report- Michael Seal 2011

Conductor Michael Seal has established a reputation as one of the UK’s most versatile conductors, his career going from strength to strength, conducting orchestras in the UK and internationally.

In March 2011, he was appointed Associate Conductor of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. The appointment recognised his work as Assistant Conductor, the first in the CBSO’s history, and the special relationship he has built with the Orchestra.

Michael has conducted the CBSO in many prestigious concerts, appearing with them at the Aldeburgh and Malvern Festivals, as well as venues in London, Manchester and the Midlands. He has given World and UK premieres of music by Richard Causton, Jonathan Girling and Bent Sorensen with the CBSO. Michael appears annually in the CBSO main season at Symphony Hall, Birmingham and has also stood in at very late notice for Sakari Oramo, Richard Hickox, Ilan Volkov and Vasilly Sinaisky to much critical acclaim.

Michael’s vast repertoire list makes for a vivid demonstration of the myriad challenges faced by a “staff” conductor at a major orchestra. One must be able to dispatch industrial quantities of film music, educational arrangements, new works and pops pieces at the highest level, while bringing to core works like Sibelius 5 or Nielsen 2 the kind of gravitas expected by  orchestras that regularly work with the best in the business.


  1.  Ades                                  Three Studies from Couperin
  2. Anderson                          Buglers Holiday
  3. Arnold                               Cornish Dances
  4. Arnold                               Tam O’Shanter
  5. Axt                                      The Smugglers
  6. Barber                                Adagio for Strings
  7. Bartok                                Transylvanian Dance No.3
  8. Beethoven                         Egmont Overture
  9. Beethoven                         Piano Concerto No.4
  10. Berio                                   Folk Songs
  11. Berio                                   Rendering for Orchestra
  12. Brahms                              Tragic Overture
  13. Bridge                                 The Sea
  14. Britten                                 War Requiem
  15. Bruch                                   Violin Concerto
  16. Butterworth                        2 English Idylls
  17. Chopin                                Piano Concerto. No.2
  18. Copland                              Fanfare for the common man
  19. Debussy (orch. Matthews) La Danse de Puck
  20. Doyle                                  Thor – suite
  21. Dukas                                The Sorcerors Apprentice
  22. Dvorak                               Silent Woods
  23. Dvorak                               Symphony No.8
  24. Dvorak                               The Water Goblin
  25. Elgar                                   Cello Concerto
  26. Elgar                                   Symphony No. 2
  27. Farnon                               Sounds Familiar
  28. Fenton                                Shadowlands
  29. Finck                                   Dramatic Love Scene
  30. Fitkin                                  Metal
  31. Gershwin                           Rhapsody in Blue
  32. Ginastera                           La Estancia Dances
  33. Goldenthal                        Titus – suite
  34. Goodwin                            633 Squadron
  35. Grieg                                   Peer Gynt Suite No.1
  36. Heffes                                 The Rite (Finale)
  37. Hermann                           Psycho
  38. Honegger                          Pacific 231
  39. Hopkins                             1947 Suite
  40. Hopkins                             Amerika
  41. Hopkins                             And the waltz goes on
  42. Hopkins                              Evesham Fair
  43. Hopkins                              Margam
  44. Hopkins                              Orpheus
  45. Hopkins                              Stella
  46. Hughes                                The Phamtom Fairground
  47. Irwin                                    Cottage Love
  48. Janacek                               Taras Bulba
  49. Korngold                             Schauspiel Overture
  50. Ligeti                                    Concerto Romanesc
  51. Liszt                                     Piano Concerto No.2
  52. Luz                                        Dramatic Set No.7
  53. Malloy                                  Alasdair’s Magic Moments
  54. Martell                                 The Great Ice Floe
  55. Mascagni                            Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana
  56. Mendelssohn                     Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
  57. Mozart                                 Marriage of Figaro Overture
  58. Nielsen                                Symphony No.2
  59. Nielsen                                Violin Concerto
  60. Orff                                       Carmina Burana
  61. Parry                                    Jerusalem
  62. Patterson                            Little Red Riding Hood
  63. Ponchielli                          The Dance of the Hours
  64. Rachmaninov                   Piano Concerto No.3
  65. Rachmaninov                   Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini
  66. Rachmaninov                   Vocalise
  67. Rameau                              Dances from ‘Les Boreades’
  68. Respighi                             The Pines of Rome
  69. Rimelis                               The Cool Ghoul
  70. Robbins                             Remains of the Day
  71. Rodney-Bennet
  72. Saint-Saens                       Danse Macabre
  73. Savino                                  Conspiracy
  74. Shchedrin                          Carmen
  75. Shcherdin                          Humoreske (arr. Seal)
  76. Shore                                   Silence of the Lambs
  77. Shostakovich                    Festive Overture
  78. Sibelius                               Finlandia
  79. Sibelius                               Symphony No.2
  80. Sibelius                               Symphony No.5
  81. Sibelius                               The Oceanides
  82. Smyth                                  March of the Women
  83. Sorensen                           Exit Music
  84. Sousa                                   Liberty Bell
  85. Steck                                    The Skeleton in the Cupboard
  86. Strauss                               Metamorphosen
  87. Strauss                               Till Eulenspiegel
  88. Strauss                               Wind Serenade Op.7
  89. Stravinsky                         Octet
  90. Stravinsky                         Pulcinella (Complete Ballet)
  91. Tchaikovsky                    Capriccio Italien
  92. Tchaikovsky                    Piano Concerto No.1
  93. Tchaikovsky                    Symphony No.5
  94. V.Williams                     The Lark Ascending
  95. Wagner                           The Ride of the Valkyries
  96. Weatherfield                  Strands
  97. Weber                              Overture and Marches from Turandot
  98. Williams, C                    Devils Galop
  99. Willims                           Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  100. Williams                        ET: Adventures on Earth
  101. Williams                        Hymn to the fallen
  102. Williams                        Jaws (Main Title)
  103. Williams                        JFK Theme
  104. Williams                        Jurassic Park ‘The Lost World’
  105. Williams                        Munich: A Prayer for Peace
  106. Williams                        Raiders March
  107. Williams                       Schindlers List (Main Title)
  108. Williams                       Star Wars (Main Title or Suite)
  109. Williams                       Superman March





Additionally, Michael has conducted the following short excerpts and songs:




Gounod – ‘Je veux vivre’ from Romeo & Juliet ( Susanna Hurrell )


Mozart – ‘Il mio Tesoro’ from Don Giovanni ( Tyler Clarke )


Puccini – ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La Boheme


Schubert/Berlioz – Der Erlkonig


Handel – Hallelujah Chorus


Goodwin – Peanut Vendor


Rogers – ‘You’ll never walk alone’


Copland – ‘I Bought me a Cat’


Arr. Green – Octonauts Theme


Britten – ‘Moto Perpetuo’ from Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge


Arr. Green – Tommy Zoom Theme


Elgar – ‘Nimrod’ from Enigma Variations


Mancini – Pink Panther


Barry – Goldfinger


Barry – Diamonds are forever


Puccini – Doretta’s song from ‘La Rondine’ (Soprano – Maureen Brathwaite)


Prokofiev – Wedding and Troika from ‘Lte Kije Suite’


Tchaikovsky – Waltz from ‘Swan Lake’


Puccini – El lucevan el stelle from ‘Tosca’ (Tenor – Joseph Guyton)


Puccini – ‘O soave fanciulla’ from La Boheme


Mussorgsky – The Great Gate of Kiev from ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’


Strauss – Also Sprach Zarathrustra (opening)


Parker jnr – Ghostbusters


Beethoven – Symphony No.7 (Movt 2)


Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto No.2 (Movt 2) (Ben Dawson)


Tchaikovsky – Swan Lake (Final Scene)


Mahler – Symphony No.5 – Adagietto


Rossini – Ov. William Tell (Galop)


Saint Saens – Symphony No.3 (Finale)


Mussorgsky – ‘The Old Castle’ & ‘Baba Yaga’ from Pictures at an Exhibition


Stravinsky – ‘Lullaby’ and ‘Finale’ from The Firebird


Lehar – ‘Vilja’ from The Merry Widow


Puccini – ‘O mio babbino Caro’ from Gianni Schicchi


Korngold – Mariettas Lied from Die Tote Stadt


Gounod – ‘Je veux vivre’ from Romeo & Juliet (Soprano – Helen Withers)


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American conductor, composer and cellist Kenneth Woods is Principal Conductor of the English Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of the Colorado MahlerFest and cellist of the string trio Ensemble Epomeo. He records for the Avie, Somm, Nimbus, Signum, MSR and Toccata labels.

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