Michael Goldthorpe was born in the
mediaeval city of York. He was educated at Nunthorpe
Grammar School, sang at St Michael-le-Belfey (opposite
the Minster) and later studied at Trinity College
Cambridge where he served in the OTC and the college
choir whilst reading for an English degree. He then
moved to London where he studied at King's College for a
Post Graduate Certificate of Education, and taught in
various schools whilst studying further at the Guildhall
School of Music and Drama, before joining the BBC
Singers and the music profession.
He has taught for London University, The
London College of Music and Trinity College of Music. He
has taught voice at both Oxford and Cambridge
Universities, and still teaches singing privately in
London and Hampshire. He helped to devise the syllabus
for the Associated Board’s Mentoring Scheme, and has
directed courses and classes for Dartington and Benslow.
He is particularly interested in cambiata - the
changing voices of boys and girls in adolescence, but is
equally at home with mature voices and choral directing.
He was Musical Director of Lymington Choral Society from
2006 until 2020.
Interests beyond music are the theatre, literature, foreign languages, travel and computing.