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Sophia Rahman (left) and Karen Stephenson at Henry Wood Hall, January 2023. (photo: Jim Driscoll)

Tales From The 15th Floor

This piece for cello and piano, inspired by Michael's four-month stay in intensive care in 1977 following a serious illness, was recorded by Karen Stephenson (cello) and Sophia Rahman (piano) on January 22nd 2023 at the Henry Wood Hall. The session was engineered by Classic Sound, who also edited the recording ready for inclusion on the CD When The Light Shines, to be released in October 2023. 

Photos from the Tales recording session, January 22nd, 2023

Tales From The 15th Floor was premiered by Bridget MacRae (principal cellist, Munich Chamber Orchestra) and Roberto Russo in Italy in 2003 (Sept 7th Ascoli/ Sept 8th Grottammare).

Michael on Tales

The direction of my musical life was dramatically changed in 1977, still in my late twenties, when I was admitted to Charing Cross hospital in London having contracted a rare virus, Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Within a week I was totally paralysed and spent over four months in the intensive care unit, mostly unconscious but brought to awakening as ...

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