Amanda Michell began learning the horn at the age of 15 and quickly developed a passion for the instrument and the world of orchestral music. She went on to study music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she gained a lot of her initial orchestral experience. During this time her horn teachers were Pip Eastop and Stephen Stirling, both of whom encouraged Amanda to continue her studies on the horn, which she did at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Whilst at college, Amanda won a place on the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Experience scheme and it was during this time that she developed a love for period performance. Since graduating with her Masters degree in 2011 Amanda has been involved with a number of performances with the OAE and Classical Opera. Amanda has also worked with modern orchestras on a variety of repertoire from classical orchestral to popular music and has worked with artists such as Russell Watson and Jonathan Antoine among others. Some of the orchestras that Amanda has worked with include the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, Basel Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Raymond Gubbay orchestras. In complete contrast to the period performances she does Amanda also has a great passion for theatre work and has played in various productions in the West End and abroad. Most recently she has been a regular deputy on The Lion King at the Lyceum Theatre and each year plays in the orchestra for a production in Switzerland. Alongside this she has also kept busy doing recordings and TV work with a variety of classical, popular and rock artists.
When she isn't playing the horn, Amanda is a director of Arts Symphonic, a small private orchestra, for which she fixes the musicians and also enjoys producing small scale concerts and events.