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BIOGRAPHY

George studied his undergraduate degree at Goldsmiths College, University of London where he graduated with First Class Honours in Music in 2019. He specialised in performance, composition, arranging in jazz, and orchestration. He gained his Postgraduate degrees of Master of Music and Master of Performance (Saxophone) from the Guildhall School of Drama with Distinction in 2021. Under the tutelage of John Harle, Mick Foster, and Nick Moss. George was awarded the concert recital diploma award for excellence in his first year final recital.

 

After finishing his studies, from 2021-2022 George worked alongside John Harle as the Junior Fellow for the Bauhaus Band, a new music group at the Guildhall dedicated to playing music from the period of the Bauhaus and other more contemporary genres. George worked as an arranger, orchestrator, providing an orchestration of Duke Ellington's Isfahan, for the band - amongst others. He also played baritone sax and bass clarinet within the Bauhaus Band.

 

Active in the fields of jazz, theatre, classical, and contemporary music - George takes pride in being as versatile as possible as a freelance musician, facilitated by a 'portfolio' career consisting of performing, composing, arranging, and teaching.

 

As a freelance saxophone and woodwinds player, George plays all variants of the saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He regularly works and deps with big bands, UK theatre touring productions, orchestras, and contemporary music groups in and around London.

 

George is also a session musician, recently he has recorded various notated and improvised woodwind backing tracks for Charanga, a music education and technology company based in Brighton.

 

During his short time within the music industry so far, George has felt very privileged to have worked with or been mentored by the likes of Cat Stevens, Pete Long, Tim Garland, Mark Anthony Turnage, Marin Alsop, and Labi Siffre, Jay Craig, Will Todd, Gabriel Jackson, & Jim McNeely. All of whom have made a positive impact in shaping George's development as a musician.

 

As a composer & arranger, George writes for many different ensembles covering a wide spectrum of sound worlds. These include saxophone quartet, works for multiple keyboards, percussion ensemble, big band, choral music, and small chamber ensembles. He has been commissioned by groups such as the Delta Saxophone Quartet, and the John Bradburne Memorial Society. George's music and arrangements are published by Samek Music (also available via June Emerson Wind Music), Saxtet Publications, Alea Publishing,  and self published via Sheet Music Plus.

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 is no stranger to teaching adult beginners whom 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’. 

 

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