Michael Axtell served eighteen years as principal piccolo and principal flute with the English National Opera Company. Before that he was principal flute with the Ballet Rambert and Festival Ballet companies and the English Sinfonia Orchestra. Mr. Axtell has also served as guest principal flute with the Northern Sinfonia, B.B.C. Welsh, Bournemouth Sinfonietta, Sidney Symphony and Sinfonica de Evskadi orchestra of Spain. He has done extra work with the B.B.C. Symphony, B.B.C. Concert, London Sinfonietta, English Chamber and Welsh National Opera Orchestras. Michael Axtell has been a player/director with various chamber music groups performing at the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room, Wigmore Hall, Barbican and Fairfield Halls.