Mike studied composition at Manchester University with Geoffrey Poole and at York University with Richard Orton. He also studied the trombone at the RNCM with Terry Nagle and Roger Harvey. He has lectured in music at Salford University and is presently MA Course Director at Kingston University overseeing the teaching of composition at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He has composed for a wide range of ensembles including Two Images for four Chinese instruments (recoded on Hugo CDs: ML-C5007), Lament and Dance for solo trumpet written for Paul Archibald (published by Brass Wind Publications) , and several works for various brass ensembles. He has also published extensively on the music of Ligeti.