Conductor: Michael Bell
Michael Bell was born in Neath. After graduating at Cardiff University Michael formed Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra and has conducted the orchestra since CPO's inaugural concert in June 1982.
With Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra Michael has conducted a wide range of works most notably Mahler's Symphony No. 2 "Resurrection", Richard Strauss's "An Alpine Symphony",Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring", Elgar's Symphony No. 1 and Rachmaninov's Symphony No. 2. Michael is also a great enthusiast of film music and each year since 1994 has conducted CPO in an annual series of "A Night at the Movies" at venues throughout South Wales.
In addition to conducting Cardiff Philharmonic Orchestra, Michael has written reviews and articles for the Western Mail and given talks at St David's Hall and to Cardiff Recorded Music Society.
In February 2010 Michael was invited to conduct the Brecknock Sinfonia at Brecon Cathedral. With the orchestra he has conducted symphonies by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, and is delighted to have been appointed the orchestra's regular conductor.