Michael Henson began his career as an academic and composer, studying at the University of Sheffield where he received a scholarship to study the music of Alban Berg in Vienna. He pursued postgraduate studies at the Universities of Leicester and Reading before taking up a research post at Huddersfield University which allowed him to pursue his interest in the fields of contemporary music and music perception.
He set up the first education department at the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, combining the roles of manager, composer and performer. He has led major orchestras in Ireland, England and the U.S. and served on many boards including the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music in Ireland, the Arts University of Bournemouth and the Association of British Orchestras where he also served as Chair. At Blu Ocean Arts Michael specializes in contemporary music commissioning and special projects.