Michael Rose is a composer, conductor and teacher based in North Buckinghamshire. Formerly the Music Adviser for Bedfordshire, he conducts the Bedfordshire County Youth Orchestra, Bedfordshire Symphony Orchestra and Bedford Sinfonia and is Director of the Olney Conducting Workshops.
Michael is renowned as a teacher of conducting, working with adults and young people at all levels. His former current and former pupils include not only international professional conductors but many teachers and musicians working with youth, amateur and children's orchestras all over the UK.
Following National Service in the Scots Guards Band, Michael began a career in teaching and became Music Adviser for two London Boroughs. From 1968, he worked for the BBC as Assistant in Charge of their Training Orchestra in Bristol, frequently conducting their public and recorded concerts, including two Proms in 1970. In 1972, he returned to the world of music education, as Music Adviser in Bedfordshire, where he was able not only to build an expert instrumental teaching team, but to develop the orchestral, band, choral and operatic opportunities for young musicians. It was also during this time that he was Chairman of the National Association of Youth Orchestra, for fifteen years. For many years he assisted George Hurst on the Conducting Course at Canford Summer School of Music.
He is well-known as a composer, particularly of music for young people and amateurs. Much of his music for young players has been published by the Associated Board, and has appeared in the examination syllabuses. Other music, both choral and orchestral, has been published by OUP, Novello and others.