An accomplished singer and dancer, Michelle received training from Rob Anderson, London's Royal Academy of Music coaches Mary King, Ann James and Laka D, the Ulster College of Music and New Zealand National Singing School. She has also participated in several vocal and dance masterclasses and is currently completing her ALCM teaching diploma with the London College of Music. Michelle is also a Marketing & PR professional.
In regular demand as a soloist, Michelle has performed at many high profile events throughout the UK in venues such as the Grand Opera House Belfast, Waterfront Hall, Odyssey Arena and the NEC Birmingham. She has shared the stage with a variety of West End and Broadway stars from 'Les Miserables' and 'Miss Saigon' as well as local talents, Arco String Quartet, Band of the Royal Irish Regiment and many established choirs. Michelle has performed on TV/Radio, is a voiceover artist and has featured in several TV advertisements, working for companies such as Lyle Bailie. She recorded her first CD 'Unexpected Songs' in 2008 and is currently working on her second.
Michelle is a member of acclaimed vocal harmony group 'THE LEADING LADIES' and also performs with her 'ELLUNA' music trio, 'THE SODA POPZ' 1950s rock 'n' roll band and as an undercover singing waiter!!
No stranger to the musical theatre scene, she has played lead roles in many productions winning rave reviews from audiences and critics. She was also one of the last ten finalists for the lead role in Broadway show, 'The Pirate Queen' and sang for acclaimed 'Les Miserables' creator Claude-Michel Schonberg. Michelle's rich, lyrical voice and impressive three octave vocal range covers a broad style of music and has earned her many awards including the Edinburgh International Music Festival's prize for 'Outstanding Vocal Ability' and the Association of Irish Musical Societies' coveted award for 'Best Female Singer' which she has been nominated for three times and won twice. She was also nominated for 'Best Duet' with West End star Brian Gilligan at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Buxton.
Theatre Credits: Pirates of Penzance (Mabel, Buxton Opera House, UK, Belfast Grand Opera House & Belfast Waterfront Hall); The Merry Widow (Anna, Belfast Grand Opera House); Oklahoma (Laurey, Belfast Grand Opera House); Guys 'n' Dolls (Sarah, Belfast Grand Opera House); Hot Mikado (Yum Yum, Belfast Waterfront Hall); Anything Goes (Reno, Riverside Theatre, Coleraine); Annie (Tessa, Lyric Theatre, Belfast)
Concert Credits: 'A Musical Night at the Movies' solo show (Down Arts Centre, Mussenden Temple); NI Festival of Remembrance (Waterfront Hall); NI Holocaust Memorial Event 2012 (Theatre at the Mill, Newtownabbey); 'One Enchanted Evening' and 'Les Miserables concert' (Belfast Odyssey Arena); Hillsborough Garden Party; 'Musical Memories' (Ulster Hall, Belfast); featured soloist in concert for re-opening of Belfast's Grand Opera House.
TV/Radio Credits: 'Juggling Jen' (Moy Park advertising campaign); News Reader (Electoral Commission Advert); Soloist (BBC Sounds Classical); Soloist (Mary O'Hara Show, RTE); BBC First Stop Show; Arts Extra BBC Radio Ulster; Kelly Show UTV; George Jones & Carolyn Stewart Shows U105.
"Michelle Baird as The Merry Widow was both glamorous and magnetic in the part. Her beautiful lyric soprano voice was a joy to listen to and her legato line in the show-stopping 'Vilia' was top class." - Jack Neavyn, AIMS Adjudicator