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After working in the family business and getting married, Rayner decided to concentrate on singing, and studied at the Birmingham School of Music then sang in the Wales National Choir and in Welsh National Opera's 'Opera for All', touring for two years. He then joined the D'Oyly Carte opera company as a principal baritone, singing and recording various Gilbert and Sullivan roles, and touring Italy and the USA.
Michael Rayner died in Derby, aged eighty-two, on 13 July 2015.