Michael's 75th birthday was on Sunday 11th January 2009. He conducted a very special concert on that day at the Bedford Corn Exchange, in aid of the Prostate Cancer Research Foundation.
The programme was Britten's Variations on a Theme of Purcell (Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra); Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2 and Elgar's Enigma Variations. In addition, a surprise rendition of 'Happy Birthday To You' was played and sung by all present.
The soloist is John Lill, who has a long association with Michael since performing with him in the Proms just after he won the Tchaikovsky Prize in 1970.