Mike Batt is one of Britain’s most successful songwriters and record producers, having composed and produced both pop and classical hits for many artists from Cliff Richard to Vanessa Mae and Art Garfunkel.
Mike Batt is Deputy Chairman of the British Phonographic Industry, the body that represents UK’s record companies. His initial success was in creating the Wombles pop group, achieving eight top 30 hits in the UK in the early seventies. Wearing a Womble costume made by his mother, he appeared on television many times as Orinoco, the lead singer of the band. He wrote and produced “Bright Eyes”, – Art Garfunkel’s international number one single, and collaborated with Andrew Lloyd Webber on the song “Phantom of The Opera”. He has won five Ivor Novello Awards (the UK’s songwriting “Oscar”)
He made his concert debut as a conductor at the Barbican with the LSO in 1984, and has since conducted the LSO, LPO and RPO in various programmes and/or recordings of well-known repertoire pieces such as “The Planets Suite” (Holst), “Scheherazade” (Rimsky Korsakov) and “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture” (Tchaikovsky).
In 1990 he was appointed by Margaret Thatcher as a member of the Government Working Group for music in the school curriculum. He was commissioned by Classic FM Radio to write the official Anthem for the inauguration of the Channel Tunnel by Her Majesty The Queen and President Mitterrand. He wrote a special piece, “Royal Gold” commissioned by the military for the Queen and The Duke Of Edinburgh¹s 50th Wedding anniversary. This was performed for Her Majesty at the Royal Tournament, by the massed bands of the Guards, plus 100 pipers.
Currently, he is dedicating most of his time to guiding the career Katie Melua, for whom he has written many songs including “The Closest Thing To Crazy”. Mike’s Dramatico record label has grown to become one of the leading UK based independent record label in Europe.
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