Formally a member of the London Symphony Orchestra and subsequently Head of Education at the Royal Opera House (Covent Garden), Michael formed Sound Strategies as a means of extending the Arts into business and education.
Formerly a violinist with the London Symphony Orchestra Michael Spencer moved from being a full time performer to becoming Head of Education at the Royal Opera House. Subsequently he founded Sound Strategies, a consultancy working with music and the Arts in educational settings and business cultures. He has a strong connection with Japan and for 14 years was education advisor to the Association of Japanese Symphony Orchestras. During this time he received the patronage of Her Imperial Highness, the Empress Michiko, and in 2011 he was appointed Visiting Fellow at the Music and Culture Research Centre of Ueno Gakuen University (Tokyo).
He has worked with teaching organisations, communities and corporations in Scandinavia, Spain, South Africa, the US, China and Japan, and in 2008 created the education programme underpinning the Oscar winning animated film of Peter and the Wolf.
As a specialist in adapting the Arts to business contexts he has consulted for a diverse number of multinational clients, from Unilever to the InterContinental Hotel Group and Ernst & Young, advising on strategies ranging from rebranding initiatives to cross-cultural training, and is currently collaborating with the British Society for Immunology on an international programme to build awareness of this branch of medical science.