Mike is a master story teller - whether working in music or in word - and so it makes perfect sense that he tells his very own story with such consummate brilliance and ease. Every nuance of every moment is captured so perfectly, you can hear him tell it as if he's beside you. (You can have that too if you go for the audiobook - a real treat!)
As for the story - well its an epic and outrageously brilliant journey/career, recalled in a manner that puts us right in every moment. It struck me that if you know Mike professionally, you will be fascinated to dive into the personal side and humanity of the man and the converse is also true. So its win win in terms of audience.
If you have bumped into Mike through his or indeed your work, or simply admired from afar,
or D) - all of the above(!) - then its simply jaw-dropping to follow his ascent and to be in the room where it happens, as it happens and to realise the enormity of the events that he recalls with such humility. And humour. He's a funny man at the best of times and can hold court in any company and thankfully, therefore, it is no surprise that there are amazing tales, anecdotes and episodes and some genuinely laugh out loud moments (including a spectacular one - in a hospital!!!)
A forensic and caring recall of so many lives, careers and situations that he has encountered -
thus far, that is - because the story continues of course.
But this capture of the journey to date is an exceptional collection of hilarious, at times riotous, incredible, fun-filled, nerves of steel, exciting, caring, wow moments, heartbreak moments, deeply personal moments, mind blowing moments, "oh to be there" moments ... and a truly stellar CV of iconic studios, productions, orchestras, recordings, performances, gigs and good folk.
And everything that led to it. Quite the road trip.
Ultimately - an absolutely joyous and brilliant read.
by David Hayes
Mike is a graduate of Trinity College of Music, London. He is a leading musical director, musical supervisor, composer and arranger working across theatre, TV, radio and live events.
He has worked extensively in the West End with credits including Mrs Henderson Presents, The Bodyguard, We Will Rock You, Grease, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Jesus Christ Superstar.
TV credits include six Royal Variety Shows, Another Audience With Shirley Bassey, Pop Idol and The Queen's Golden Jubilee Rock Concert. Since 2001 he has been a regular Conductor on BBC Radio 2's Friday Night Is Music Night.
Mike has composed and been Musical Director for countless live events and concerts and has conducted and co-produced many cast recording albums.
He received the Helpmann Award for Best Musical Direction for We Will Rock You and the Sony Radio Award and New York Radio Award for the Minute by Minute series.