Michael was born on January 19, 1942 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England. His mother, Doris Agnes Mary Pike, christened him Michael Patrick Dumble-Smith and when she married in 1945 he became Michael Ingram. It wasn't until he was 15 years old when he chose the name we all know him as, Michael Crawford, off of a biscuit truck.
From age nine, he had attended the London Choir School for a short period. Michael's stage performances go back as far as 1955 when he was a boy soprano. He played 'Sam the Sweep' in Britten's 'Let's Make an Opera' aka 'The Little Sweep'. As Michael Crawford he created the role of Jaffett in Britten's "Noye's Fludde" at Orford Church on 18 June 1958 as part of the Aldeburgh Festival.
Robin FairhurstDavid HemmingsMichael IngramLyn Vaughan Wandsworth School Boys' Choir A recording made in 1955 by Alleyn's School Choir / English Opera Group Orchestra with David Hemmings (as Sam), Jennifer Vyvyan, Nancy Evans, April Cantelo, Trevor Anthony, Sir Peter Pears, Michael Ingram [Michael Crawford] (as Gay Brook), Marilyn Baker, Robin Fairhurst (as Jonny Crome), Lyn Vaughan, Gabrielle Soskin,
Conducted by Benjamin Britten
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