An experienced accompanist, Michael develops an outstanding rapport with his soloists, helping them to deliver their best in an encouraging and supportive environment.
Click here to hear Michael's accompanying the American tenor Robert Short in An Evening of Spirituals, recorded in Nantwich in October 2014.
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What Parents, Teachers and Soloists say:
"Thanks Michael for accompanying us so well in the Abbey900 Mozart concert. I really enjoyed it."
Phillippa Lay, Professional Soprano
"Michael Castle is a highly skilled and extremely competent accompanist. He researches thoroughly the pieces to be performed and also compares different interpretations so that in rehearsal he is prepared to follow but also to offer constructive advice in order to achieve the ultimate performance. He is a perfectionist but is also a very congenial person, able to work with youngsters
and adults alike in a relaxed atmosphere."
Sarah Ellis, Flautist, Teacher, Conductor of Worcestershire Intermediate Wind Orchestra
"Mr. Castle is an inspiration for our boy. He is able to draw out amazing gifts. We've watched our son's confidence, understanding and love of music grow as he is encouraged to shine."
Annie McGill, Parent
"I have worked with Michael when he was both a teacher and accompanist. I am most impressed at his ability to get the best out of his pupils. He puts himself out greatly to help them achieve the very best they can. He has accompanied my pupils from grades 1 to 8 with OUTSTANDING results. He is a most sensitive and accomplished teacher and accompanist”
Mary Brownbill, Singing teacher
“Thank you, Mr. Castle, for being a great accompanist and helping Alice win the Cup and 1st place. Her mark was 88 (Honours). She enjoyed working with you and it would be great of you could assist her in the future”
Paula Rimmer, mother of Alice, trophy winner of a Woodwind class, Cheltenham 2014
"I have worked with Michael Castle for over 13 years and during that time he has been an inspirational head of music. He has accompanied my flute pupils and choirs through numerous concerts and exams and has always contributed enormously to their success with tips on performance and musicianship. He is an exceptional pianist - he can sight read almost anything as well as improvising around chords in any style. Michael's strength as an accompanist lies in his musical intelligence - in that the soloist will always feel supported and more confident with him at their side.
Bridget Turner, flute teacher and choir trainer
"He plays both accurately and sensitively and fills in with relaxed ease all that multitude of notes which are NOT actually in his contract!"
Howard Beard, tenor