Michael Walsh studied singing and organ at the Royal School of Church Music and Trinity College of Music where he was awarded prizes for choir training, conducting and research. His main performing interest has always been in sacred music and, after eighteen years as Head of Music at a large comprehensive school and a Lay Clerk in Chichester and Portsmouth Cathedral Choirs, he now divides his time between educational work, working as a freelance musician, and as Manager of The Better Book Company, a publishing company based in Chichester.
His current and former positions include Conductor of the St. Richard Singers, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chichester Symphony Orchestra, Musical Director of the Chichester Amateur Operatic Society and Composer-in-Residence to the chamber choir Chichester Voices. Over the years Michael has conducted many concerts during the Chichester Festivities, including a notable Fauré Requiem in aid of Kosovo, the ‘Millennium Messiah’ in Chichester Cathedral in the BT “Voices for Hospices” series and ‘The Armed Man – a Mass for Peace’ by Karl Jenkins in aid of the St Richard’s Hospital Cancer Day Care Unit. He is Principal of the National College of Music, a Council Member of the Guild of Musicians and Singers, and the Curwen College of Music, and is a faculty member of the Central School of Religion.
In 2016 he was appointed an Honorary Academician of the Pontificia Accademia Tiberina, Rome, Italy and an Honorary Fellow of St Paul’s College, Sydney, Australia.