OSO Conductor: Michael Escreet
Michael Escreet was born in Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire, but at the age of 3 the family moved to live in a bus which his father had made into a home and parked in a field somewhere in Leicestershire, OS grid ref. SK611211. He was one of the first students to read music at the new University of York, where he founded and conducted a chamber orchestra. After a spell with the BBC in Bristol he moved to Manchester in 1970 to take up the position of sub-principal double bass, and in 1971 succeeded David Newlands as conductor of the Oldham Symphony Orchestra. Concerts he conducted with the orchestra included a Viennese programme and a symphonic one featuring Beethoven's Fifth, the first of the orchestra's concerts in Hulme's Grammar school. He also seems to remember a concert that never happened, owing to the three day week! He has happy memories of rehearsing in an old back street school, followed by several excellent pints of John Willie Lees every Monday.