Michael Elderkin

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Michael is a professional bassoonist, composer, and arranger living and working in London.

Composer and bassoonist Michael Elderkin is an avid performer and collaborator. He has performed professionally with the London Symphony Orchestra, North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Opera, North Carolina Ballet, London International Orchestra, Isle of Wight Symphony Orchestra, Surrey Opera, Aegis Orchestra, and Ulysses Symphony Orchestra, as well as actively freelancing in both North Carolina and the United Kingdom. Michael is also a strong proponent of chamber music. He is currently a member of the β€œ9-5” Chamber Ensemble, the Gilbert Ensemble, and Two and a Half Reeds. Recently, he performed alongside the Van Kuijk Quartet in the Great Music In Irish Houses Festival. His compositional portfolio includes music for concert, film, television, and musical theatre with a style firmly rooted in strong thematic content with lush orchestrations and vivid colors. Most recently, he premiered his first musical, Mascherato, in Milton Court Theatre, London as a recipient of the Barbican Centre's "colLABorate" grant. He also worked as part of the orchestration team for 'Mission: Impossible - Fallout' (2018). He has worked extensively as a conductor and arranger for the Empire Film Music Ensemble, also having freelanced as an arranger and copyist for numerous other ensembles.

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I can perform outdoors
I can perform with backing tracks
I can perform while walking around a venue
Classical, Baroque, Classical crossover, Contemporary classical, Early music, Fanfare, Film / TV music, Medieval music, Musical theatre, Opera, Renaissance, Christmas, Contemporary Christian, Military, Traditional church music
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Bassoon, Composer, Arranger
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Event types:
Concert, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Charity event, Recording session, Theatre / Show, Cruise, Burns night, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Arranger, Orchestrator, Composer, Lyricist, Songwriter, Transcription, Fluent sight-reader, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Composition teaching
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Fiona P, 2 years ago

Great bassoonist and punctual :)

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, 2 years ago

Michael played 1st bassoon for Hashtag's concert performance of Donizetti's Anna Bolena in 2016. He was a very good, very consistent player who we would recommend without hesitation for both technique and ensemble.