For over a twenty years, Michael Johnson has been the resident harpist and composer at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne, performing in the “harp the Gardens” recitals, Concerts on the Lake and the "Twilight Music" concert series, providing his music for tens of thousands of overseas guests and visitors to the gardens.
The Twilight Music concert series originally started at the Cranbourne Australian Garden in Summer, but later moved to the Terrace restaurant at the Melbourne gardens. The purpose of these concerts was simply to compose and perform uplifting music ...musicians would perform with the back drop of the gardens as the sun was setting over the lake.
As well as a concert performer, Michael has been working in the field of music for meditation . His tranquil harp music has been an integral part of the Mindfulness Music program at the Gawler Foundation, In Victorian schools and at Delmont hospital. The Royal Botanic Gardens have also embraced Michael's experience of using music as a tool for mindfulness. They have asked him to run the harp meditations in the New Arid garden https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/melbourne-gardens/what-s-on-melbourne/harp-meditations/
During the warmer months, Michael's concerts are often held on the punts on the lake. The ornament lake and its bird-life has been a huge inspiration to a lot of Michael's compositions....particularly the swans.
For many years, Michael's Spring concerts were held in William Tell rest house, but also in Mueller hall and the Rose Pavillion. Bi-annually, Michael puts on a free harp concert on Christmas day on the Oak lawn, intended for those who have lost a family member during the year. To find out where Michael is performing next in the gardens, or to book for a private concert, you can phone 0407 302 771
or go to Michael's own site: