BEHIND THE MUSIC - A Story Steeped in Sound

Hailing from Winchester in Hampshire, George studied his undergraduate degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he graduated with First Class Honours. He specialised in performance, composition, arranging in jazz, and orchestration under Paul Bartholomew, Jeremy Payton-Jones, and Mick Foster.

 

As a saxophonist, he is now studying for his MMus and MPerf under John Harle (classical and interdisciplinary practice), Mick Foster (jazz), Alastair Penman (electronics and audiovisual), Nick Moss (clarinet and flute), and Scott Stroman (arranging), at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where he was recently awarded the concert recital diploma for excellence in his final recital. Active in the fields of jazz, theatre, classical, and contemporary music - George enjoys and takes pride in being as versatile as possible as a musician in the 21st Century, facilitated by a portfolio career consisting of performing, composing, arranging, and teaching.

 

He is a freelance Saxophone and woodwinds player, and plays all the saxophones, clarinets, and flutes. This has lead to work within big bands, contemporary music, and musical theatre. All of which he regularly plays for as part of his freelance work, in and around London. He is also a session musician, having recorded various woodwind parts for engagements such as adverts, function bands, EP's, and demos for original compositions. George has played for corporate events such as Mayflower Theatre's gala reopening, gigged with the Belgarum Big Band, in the pit for Mountview Theatre final year productions, and the Guildhall Jazz Orchestra. During his short time within the music industry so far, George has felt very privileged to have worked/performed with the likes of Cat Stevens, Pete Long, Tim Garland, Mark Anthony Turnage, Marin Alsop, and Labi Siffre. All of whom have made a positive impact in shaping George's development as a musician.

 

As a composer, George writes from the heart. He writes for many different ensembles covering a wide spectrum of sound worlds. These include saxophone quartets, works for multiple keyboards, percussion ensemble, big band, choral music, and small chamber ensembles. Enjoying a diverse spectrum of music, George does not confine himself to one style of music either when performing or composing. He writes what he hears, and how that develops is the basis of his composition. He is also capable of following a brief in arranging existing material however a client may require. Some of his compositions and arrangements are published by Samek Music under Clarinet and Saxophone classics and are also sold through June Emerson Wind Music.

As  musical director and co-performer, George manages and curated The Entr'actes, a group set up in the first national lockdown that specialises in musical theatre repertoire. Along with his colleague Tom Powell, they have created an ensemble that is available for bookings and engagements from small cabaret style bands, to a full musical theatre style orchestra depending on the clients' needs.

A passionate teacher, George has held a number of peripatetic teaching posts so far, covering all manner of music making and learning, such as beginner clarinet, flute, saxophone, and piano, initial music theory, and early years musicianship.

George's passion for developing the musical mind early on is reflected in these teaching posts, having taught most extensively in primary and junior school environments. However, he has also had experience in teaching adult beginners, always referring to C.S. Lewis,

 

"you are never too old to set another goal. Or to dream a new dream".

He also teaches privately, favouring a more individual and holistic approach to each and every student in which the overall development in confidence, curiosity, and creativity are paramount - rather than simply ‘learning the dots’. To enquire about lessons - please navigate to the 'teaching' tab. (Please note, due to Covid-19, all lessons are being held via zoom). 

Please do take the time to explore George's 'credits' page for a full list of performing engagements.