George is the Herbert Howells Organ Scholar at St John’s, where he is in his second year studying Music. Born in Manchester in 2001, his passion for music was kindled in earnest when he started singing in Manchester Cathedral Choir aged nine.
He joined Chetham’s School of Music at this time too, where he studied trumpet after leaving the cathedral’s choir. During this time, formative experiences included playing in a fanfare brass group alongside the Gabrieli Consort in their recording An English Coronation, involvement with the school’s orchestras and big bands, and participation in music therapy and community music projects. He focused on organ and singing in his time in the school’s Sixth Form, and returned to Manchester Cathedral as Organ Scholar. He played Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with Chetham’s Chamber Orchestra, and enjoyed working closely with his peers as an accompanist and continuo player.
He now studies organ with Colin Walsh and piano with Keval Shah. Since his first year, he has been a pianist in Pembroke College’s Lieder Scheme, for which he takes part in song masterclasses with pianist Joseph Middleton. He is co-Musical Director of the Gentlemen of St John’s for the academic year 2020-21.
George is a firm believer in music’s power to work for the broader social good, and is studying for a dissertation on the music of the 1960s’ American Civil Rights Movement. He is also a passionate environmentalist, and co-founded the new Cambridge musicians’ climate action group Singing for Survival in 2020.