Amanda Michell

Amanda began learning the horn at the age of 15 and quickly developed a passion for the instrument. She went on to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London where she gained a lot of her initial orchestral experience, whilst also being a member of Essex Youth Orchestra. During this time, her horn teachers were Pip Eastop and Stephen Stirling, both of whom encouraged Amanda to continue her studies on the horn, which she did at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music Dance.

Whilst at music college, Amanda won a place on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience scheme, and it was during this time that she developed a love for period performance. Since graduating with her Masters degree in 2011, Amanda has been involved with a number of performances with the OAE and Classical Opera. Amanda has also worked with modern orchestras on a variety of repertoire, from classical orchestral to popular music, and has worked with artists such as Russell Watson and Jonathan Antoine. Some of the orchestras that Amanda has worked with include Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and the Raymond Gubbay orchestras. One of the highlights of 2017 was performing in a concert at the Royal Albert Hall in celebration of film composer Michael Giacchino's 50th birthday. Amanda also has a great passion for theatre work, and has played in various productions in the West End and abroad. Alongside this, she also keeps busy doing recordings and TV work with a variety of classical, popular and rock artists.

Amanda lives in Papworth Everard with her (very musical!) husband Robert and their (may be musical one day) son Teddy. The household is, however, ruled by their four cats!