A graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, Mike has found success in many different musical spheres. As a percussionist, Mike has played with the Halle, BBC Philharmonic, BBC Concert and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestras, both in the concert hall and the recording studio,premiering works by such diverse composers as Tan Dun, Gordon McPherson, Nicholas Maw and Bill Connor. As a soloist Mike has performed recitals across the country, including the world premiere of Paul Mitchell-Davidson's marimba concerto "Africana" which was subsequently broadcast on ITV's critically acclaimed arts programme "Celebration". Other notable performances include the premieres of works by Basil Athanasiadis, Paul Edlin, Tom Armstrong and Graham Lynch as well as performances of Paul Creston's Concertino for Marimba at the Royal Festival Hall,London, and the Free Trade Hall,Manchester.. In August 2004 Mike performed at the Belgian International Marimba Competition and in July 2006, as part of the Linz International Marimba Competition and Festival. In September 2007 along with virtuoso clarinettist David Campbell, acclaimed composer Paul Edlin and award-winning saxophonist and trumpeter Sarah Field, Mike visited Illinois State University as Guest Artist-in-Residence where he premiered works by Matt Wright, Richard Stoker and Zack Zubow. As a chamber musician, Mike has performed and recorded extensively with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet including the Decca album "First and Foremost". As the leader of Caxixi and the pianist in Apitos Mike has vast amounts of experience in the field of latin-jazz both as performer and as arranger and as musical director. Mike can be contacted in the following ways: Email:mikeymd@btinternet.com Telephone:07802 200701 Mike plays a custom made 5 octave marimba made by Ron Samuels and MARIMBA ONE.