Taking Stock: The singing accountant

WE AT TS love a bit of culture.

When we’re not acerbically holding up a stark and chastening mirror to the profession or touring Soho’s drinking dens, you’ll likely find us in one of the West End’s many beautiful theatres taking in a bit of Chekov or Tennessee Williams.

Despite that enthusiasm for the arts, we at TS knew our day-to-day calling lay in writing sarcastic articles for a trade publication, and never dared to dream we would one day grace a West End stage.

But former EY man Michael Bracegirdle wasn’t so easily put off, and can now be seen in his role as tenor Don José in the opera Carmen in Soho.

Bracegirdle spent ten years of his career restructuring businesses in the City before becoming FD to education support services company Tribal Group.

But making the move away from finance and into the art world has been the best move he’s made in his career, he told City AM.

“I really did enjoy my job, but was having some issues in my personal life and seeing life fly by me,” he said. “In 2003 I helped a friend out with a choral concert, then I applied for a post-grad at the Royal Northern College for Music. I left my finance career and never looked back.”

Break a leg, Michael.

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