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Michael Nyman

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Phone Number(s):

01428-605195, 01428-605195

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US visitor "What a delight! Michael was informed, presented material well and entertainingly. He was a major enhancement to the tour"

Personal Interests:

Theatre Arts & Music
Steam Railways
Art & Architecture

Special Interests:


A wide-ranging knowledge of UK, US and European architecture - both classic and contemporary. This includes Castles, Churches, Cathedrals, Palaces and Stately Homes.

Art/Paintings & Sculpture

Trained at both the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford (drawing & lithography) and St. Martin's London (design). Can offer an in-depth knowledge of these arts and their co-relation. Can guide in French on art & fashion.


Music and choreographic aspects of dance and ballet music - Gluck to Prokofiev. Historic and current productions; French, Russian, American and British. Including the development of and influences on companies such as Bolshoi and Royal Ballet.


Able to take visitors to leading costume venues; Bath, Kensington Palace, V&A, etc and to comment upon current fashion scene; London, Paris, New York. Also the historical development of costume, ancient Greek to "New Look" and contemporary.

History & Prehistory

Historical Britain though its palaces, castles, the Tower of London, stately homes, battlesites (War of the Roses, Civil War). Naval history; Portsmouth, Plymouth, etc. This was degree subject at Oriel College Oxford. Very informed.


Have lectured & been published on this subject. The England of J. Austen, G. Eliot, Brontes, Dickens, D. DuMaurier, Hardy, Shakespeare in London and Stratford. Able to compare to literature of France, Russia, US and contemperaneous European literature.

Maritime Britain

Liners and warships. Can provide visitors with detailed background to maritime Britain in History (cinque ports, slave trade ports, Bristol & Liverpool). Info regarding shipping lines and liners 1910 - 1960. UK, France, US lines included.


Opera; Monteverdi to Janacek. Guides on most aspects of music incl taking choirs performing in Halls & Cathedrals throughout UK. Tours to homes of composers (Britten, Elgar, etc). Knowledgeable about music in hist dvlpmnt; Handel, Mozart, Stravinsky.


Comprehensive knowledge of western drama, from ancient Greek to Shakespeare, Moliere, Racine and to European and US dramas and musicals of the 20th century - O'Neil, T. Williams, Shaw, Ibsen.


Trains. Particularly adept at guiding visitors to steam railway venues and journeys on them. Also to railway museums and mainline rail tours; ie, Settle to Carlisle. Railway history of GB and US with songs to match!

Additional Qualifications:

MA Oxon

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