Tutor: Mike Nichols

Like many bass players Mike first took up the bass because no-one else in the band wanted to do it and someone had to. Fortunately he loved it.

Mike studied jazz and contemporary music at Leeds college of music, followed by a postgraduate diploma at the Guildhall school of music and drama. As a freelance bass guitar and double bassist Mike has worked with many artists over the years including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Joe Brown, The Supremes, The Drifters, Opera North, Sam Brown, Mark Knopfler, Dennis Locorriere (Dr Hook singer/songwriter), Jools Holland, The Novello orchestra and Toyah Willcox.

Mike has also worked on many west end shows including Avenue Q, Dirty Dancing, Grease, Les Miserables, Jersey Boys, Wicked, Never Forget, Sister Act, Shrek, Spamalot, The Rocky Horror Show, Book of Mormon, Motown and School of Rock.

Mike currently plays on the west end production of Fame. He is also the regular bassist for 80s pop punk icon Toyah Willcox. Mike also plays bass guitar/ jazz double bass for the Novello Orchestra, whose recent 'movie with live orchestra' tours have included La La Land, Beauty and the Beast, the world premiere of the Italian Job live in concert, and the recent arena tour of the original Star Wars movie.