Arts Council of Wales | Michael Rafferty

Michael Rafferty

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BiographyMichael Rafferty

After a short career as a research physicist, Michael Rafferty switched to music firstly as a violinist and later as conductor. He is co-founder, Conductor and Joint Artistic Director of Music Theatre Wales. He has also conducted the BBC Concert Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, London Mozart Players, Orchestre Symphonique de Mulhouse, Norway’s BIT 20 Ensemble, Musikfabrik of Cologne, The Composers’ Ensemble and PM Music Ensemble.

Altogether, he has conducted the works of more than 80 living composers. Many of his performances have been broadcast and he has made several CDs - the most recent being Michael Berkeley’s opera For You (Signum). Future projects include Turnage’s Greek and new operas by Huw Watkins and Stuart MacRae.

The Project

Michael’s Creative Wales project will involve a period of research and observation of new music, performance and programming as well a reassessment and refinement of his own conducting technique. Focusing on European concert music he will expand his experience beyond his normal expertise in contemporary chamber opera – researching composers and observing rehearsals of the latest music by the finest ensembles and conductors across Europe.

He will investigate how to present contemporary works in the best, most accessible way possible through imaginative programming and presentation – taking successful models as the starting point. As a result of this research, he will begin preparing new works to expand his repertoire, with the guidance of internationally established conductors in the field.

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