George Morton

George Morton read Music at the University of Sheffield. Having received his Bachelor's degree, he took up postgraduate studies with George Nicholson (composition/orchestration) and Kenneth Brown (trumpet). Since graduating, George has settled in the leafy city of Sheffield and continues to enjoy its proximity to the Peak District National Park and locally-brewed beer.

As a conductor, George is in demand across the North of England. He is founder and Artistic Director of Rep Orchestra, a professional ensemble based in Sheffield which devotes its concerts to exploring innovative and exciting projects. Recently the ensemble has given the world premiere of George’s chamber orchestra version of Vaughan Williams’ Sinfonia Antartica, given sold-out performances at Sheffield International DocFest, Latitude Festival, and Festival of the Mind, and has performed the Snowman and Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights and the Gold Rush (live film with orchestra). George is Musical Director of the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra, Rotherham Symphony Orchestra, Sheffield Youth Orchestra and Nottingham University Wind Orchestra. He has recently appeared as Guest Conductor with ensembles including London Mozart Players, Covent Garden Sinfonia, Hallam Sinfonia, Stamford Chamber Orchestra, Sounds of the Engine House, the Swan Ensemble, and the British Symphony Orchestra (tour of China). Upcoming highlights include debut performances with the Roma Tre Orchestra and Northern Ballet Sinfonia, Mahler Symphony no. 2 in Sheffield City Hall and return invitations with Hallam Sinfonia and Beauchamp Sinfonietta.

As an arranger and orchestrator, George specialises in reducing large scale symphonic works for ensemble and chamber orchestra. His orchestrations are published by Universal Edition, Steel City Music Publishing, Boosey & Hawkes, and Schott Music and are performed extensively across the world. George's arrangements have been described as "brilliant" by John Storgårds, "very, very cleverly done" by Sheku Kanneh–Mason and "enjoyable, idiomatic arrangements" by David Owen Norris. George was awarded 'Best Arranger' at the Making Music Awards 2020 for his orchestration of Clara Schumann's Quatre Pièces Caractéristiques.

In 2021 George was commissioned to arrange Sur, a tango by Troilo, for Ksenija Sidorova, Stuart Skelton and the BBC Symphony Orchestra to be premiered at the Last Night of the Proms live on BBC One and Radio 3. ​In 2020 Sheku Kanneh–Mason chose George's reduction of the Dvořák Cello Concerto for his first public performances of the work and for subsequent streamed concerts with Oxford Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestras and the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Other recent commission highlights include the London Chamber Orchestra, BBC Singers, RLPO, London Mozart Players, BBC Concert Orchestra, LPO Education & Community, and BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. George's arrangements have been performed by ensembles including the BBC Symphony Orchestra BBC Concert Orchestra, BBC Singers, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lapland Chamber Orchestra, London Chamber Orchestra, Zug Sinfonietta, NOVA Filharmonija, Kammerakademie Potsdam, Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra, Juilliard Chamber Ensemble, Musikschule der Hansestadt, Mozart Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Deva, Covent Garden Sinfonia, Nova Foresta, Bath Philharmonia, Kungliga Opera Stockholm, and Camerata Innsbruck. George's orchestrations have been broadcast on BBC One, BBC Radio 3, Rai 3 (Italy), Swiss Classical and BBC iPlayer. Eminent conductors and soloists to perform his arrangements include Sakari Oramo, Martyn Brabbins, John Storgårds, Bob Chilcott, Jess Gillam, Stuart Skelton, Sheku Kanneh–Mason, and Ksenija Sidorova.

In 2021 George established Steel City Music Publishing to prepare and publish arrangements and orchestrations of music by composers from backgrounds currently under-represented on the concert platform. He was awarded an Arts Council England / National Lottery Grant to establish the publishing house.

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