Michael Hulmes started playing classical guitar when he was eleven to become one of the Souths’ leading guitarists.
He made his first public performance at the age of twelve and gave his first solo recital just before his fifteenth birthday. He studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London for four years, firstly with Michael Edmonds and later with Robert Brightmore. He then studied at the Welsh College of Music and Drama with renowned British Guitarist John Mills. In his final year at the college Michael made his national radio debut as part of the BBC Radio Two Young Musicians’ Series, being only the second guitarist to do so in the history of the competition.
Over the years Michael has participated in master classes with John Williams, David Russell, Nigel North, Simon Dinnigan, Paul Galbraith, Craig Ogden, Gordon Crosskey, Nicola Hall, David Miller, Steve Gordon, Fabio Zanon, Ben Verdery and Andrew York amongst many others.
Today, Michael is in demand as a concert performer. He has performed on television and radio for the BBC, BBC 2 and ITV and also played live on BBC Radio Wales and S4C. In addition to a busy concert platfom schedule, Michael also performs for corporate clients, weddings, receptions and dinners throughout the South.
Michael Hulmes is a member of Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now scheme and a past BBC Young Musician of the Year Finalist, he plays a Torres style guitar by luthier Rohan Lowe.
"Like many others I enjoyed your performances very much. If you ever come up to North East England we will be the first in the queue for tickets" Alex Cross – Passenger on P&O Arcadia
"A huge thanks for playing throughout our ceremony. We will remember and treasure those memories always. You definitely made our day special." Claire Ray – wedding at Chewton Glen/em>
"Thanks again for the pleasure and entertainment you provided for us. From my point of view it truly was the highlight of the cruise." Michael King – Passenger on P&O Arcadia
"Thank you so much for playing at our wedding. We had an amazing day and your contribution helped to make it so special." Samantha & Jonathan Wedding at Christchurch Priory