Biography

George Clifford graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with a BMus (First Class Honours) in Performance (violin) in 2009 and went on to study for an MA in baroque violin, achieving a distinction and the prestigious DipRAM for an outstanding final recital in 2011.

 

At the RAM George studied modern violin with Igor Petrushevski, and baroque violin with Simon Standage and Matthew Truscott. He also worked alongside leading performers in the field of early music including Rachel Podger, Laurence Cummings and Margaret Faultless and notable conductors such as Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock and the Late Sir Charles Mackerras. George took part in the RAM/Kohn Foundation Bach Cantata series from its inception in 2009, playing 2-3 cantatas once a month under the direction of Iain Ledingham. In his final term at the RAM George won the Nancy Nuttall Early Music Prize, playing the trio sonata from Bach’s Musical Offering.

 

George now works extensively with many ensembles including the English Concert, (including a tour of the USA and Europe in 2017), Classical Opera/The Mozartists, the Hanover Band, Early Opera Company, La Nuova Musica, Gabrieli Consort and Players (appearing in the BBC documentary ‘Messiah at the Foundling Hospital' in 2014) and the Academy of Ancient Music.

 

After participating in the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment’s ‘OAE Experience’ scheme in 2011 George continues to perform with the orchestra. Highlights include several Glyndebourne Festival Opera appearances, the first ever period instrument performance of Mahler's Resurrection Symphony under Vladimir Jurowski and a tour of South Korea and China performing Handel and Telemann with tenor Ian Bostridge in 2016.

 

In 2013 George released the album ‘Ravishing Sweetenesse’ with record label Veterum Musica, featuring solo violin music by Baltzar, Biber, Westhoff, Telemann and Pisendel. George's playing (and singing) can also be heard on several Veterum Musica albums with the chamber ensemble Poeticall Musicke.

The Amadè Players' album 'Forgotten Vienna' features George as a soloist, playing Waṅhal's violin concerto in Bb major and Ditters' Concerto in C for two violins.

His next solo recording 'When in Rome', an album of little known Roman baroque sonatas with Alex McCartney on theorbo is currently in production and due to be released imminently.

 

A versatile musician, George actively supports and promotes local music. He is Deputy Organist at St Swithun’s parish church in East Grinstead and Musical Director of vocal ensemble Cantu Amici. He is an accomplished choral singer and sings with several chamber choirs around the country.

 

In October/November 2018 George took part in the Toyota Classics 2018 tour with the OAE, which promotes classical music to support charities throughout Asia. The tour schedule comprised Brunei, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam.

George is looking forward to a varied Summer of music making with the English Concert, Classical Opera, La Nuova Musica, Instruments of Time and Truth and the Dunedin Consort.

George is extremely grateful to Ms. Hilary Weston for her generous financial support during his Masters course, and for the purchase of his baroque violin.

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