First published 23 September 1972
Mike Edwards: Cello
Education: Ealing Grammar School and Royal Academy Of Music
Musical debut: Singing as a ragamuffin in BBC version of Carmen, aged 11, but can’t sing now! As a cellist in school orchestras.
First professional appearance: With the ELO at the Greyhound at Croydon 16 April 1972.
Musical training: A student of classical music.
Musical influences: Rostropovich.
Favourite composers: Lennon & McCartney, and Schubert.
Favourite single: ‘Eleanor Rigby’ by The Beatles.
Most influential LP: Schubert Arpegion Sonata by Emanuel Feuermann, one of the really great cellists.
Residence: Is single and still lives with his parents in Ealing.
Awards: Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM).
Instruments: Cello made by Mathias Neuner V (1832 – 1890) of Mettenwald, Germany, valued at £250. Pirastro strings. Two De Armond pick-ups in parallel. Straight into the PA. Also plays treble viol and bass viol (viola de gamba).