Mick Doran


When did you join the orchestra?

Favourite ENO opera?

Best ENO moment?
The Peter Grimes Prom or Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk with Mark Wigglesworth

How did you start?
Playing along to dance band records with shoe brushes on brown paper.

Passion outside of opera?
Cricket, family, wine/ale and cricket. Did I mention cricket?

Career Highlights

Mick Doran is Principal Percussionist of the English National Opera Orchestra.

After studying at the Royal Academy of Music he was appointed Principal Percussionist for Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet before moving to ENO.

He also enjoys a busy freelance career with the UK’s premier orchestras, opera and ballet companies, as well as working on many top film scores, West End musicals and playing contemporary music and jazz.

As a Professor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music he enjoys passing on his experiences to a new generation of players.

Last updated: 22nd July 2021