As a twelve-year old boy soprano Michael Letchford sang with the Westminster Abbey Special Choir in performances of Bach's St Matthew Passion, still remembered with fondness and with awe: to be involved with such great music in such a place! A few years later, with a deeper voice, he made his stage debut as Long Tom in Edward German's Merry England, followed by Sir Richard Cholmondeley in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Yeomen of the Guard. After winning an exhibition to Guildhall School of Music, at 17 years old, he had two years study with the distinguished English bass Norman Walker.
In 1967 Michael joined EMI and for the next 34 years he was involved with the marketing of classical records for EMI, Decca and finally for Warner Classics International as General Manager, and later as Director of Artist and Repertoire Development. During his years at Warner Classics he was executive producer for many recordings with José Carreras, José Cura, Sir Andrew Davis, Placido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Sharon Kam, Sir Neville Marriner, Choir of New College, Oxford, Ettore Stratta and others.
Michael has recently formed, with conductor Tom Higgins, Rosetta Music Productions, which is dedicated to the performance of 'lost' or unjustly neglected works.
Until recently Michael represented many fine conductors, singers and instrumentalists from the United Kingdom, Europe and the United States. At the present time much of his time is devoted to work for the Australian Music Foundation, The Lynn Foundation and the Swiss Global Artistic Foundation. In April 2007 Michael was invited to join the committee of Historic Masters Ltd. In 2008 he was appointed Casting Manager for Opera South.
Michael has completed a book featuring various aspects of the life and career of the great Wagnerian soprano Therese Malten. Please follow the above link for details of this interesting book which will contain much previously unpublished information and photographs.