Michael joined the Rossendale Male Voice Choir in 1968 at the youthful age of sixteen, singing second tenor.
Steeped in the 90 year history of the choir, he is the great nephew of the founder conductor, Fred Tomlinson. His grand-father, Frank, was a founder member and his father, also Frank, was a member for over 60 years and the Choir’s President for many years. Michael made his debut as the Choir’s accompanist in 1969 at the Massed Bands Concert at Belle Vue in Manchester.
For more than 50 years, choir members have benefitted from Michael’s skill and dedication, and he has had the pleasure of accompanying the choir on everything from a Steinway in the Bridgewater Hall, to rather less grandiose pianos in venues from Germany to Killarney. Rarely, if ever, phased by a complex new piece, an accompanist of this standard is of great, if “unsung”, value.
Michael provides the RMVC with a stable core, and his work, alongside our musical director, has over the years, helped to shape the choir.