George Ireland is a recent graduate of the University of Birmingham where he read music and specialised in solo performance. He has studied under Trevor Cordwell in Colchester, Alexander Boyd in Birmingham, and Joseph Middleton in London, and will in September begin studying a masters in piano accompaniment at the Royal College of Music.
He began to play the piano from scratch, self taught, at the age of fourteen, achieving grade five with distinction in two years and grade eight with distinction two years later. Soon after he was giving concerts throughout East Anglia, including in Braintree, Clacton, Colchester, Felixstowe and Long Melford. Notably before going to University he performed Schubert’s Fantasia in F Minor and Mozart’s rare Sonata for Two Pianos with Trevor Cordwell. In 2013 he won his local Rotary Club’s Young Musician Competition and as a result gave his Concerto debut with the Clacton Concert Orchestra, performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto K.595. He performed Mozart’s Concerto K.503 with the St Botolph’s Music Society Orchestra in 2014 to great acclaim, returning in 2018 with K.466 In 2016 he won the University of Birmingham Concerto Competition, performing Grieg’s Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra.
George became first choice of accompanist amongst staff and students in Birmingham, acting as repetiteur for the Summer Festival Opera during all three years of his degree as well as accompanying many student recitals, platforms and masterclasses. He accompanied all of the University’s choirs, including the University Chorus under Julian Wilkins, a position held for two years. He has also enjoyed a fruitful relationship with professional and community groups in Birmingham, including the CBSO Chorus and Youth Chorus, and Birmingham Opera Company. For two years he was, by invitation, the orchestral pianist in the CBSO Youth Orchestra as well as the University Philharmonic and Symphony Orchestras under conductors Cristian Măcelaru, Daniele Rosina, Michael Seal and Jac van Steen, and gave performances in Birmingham’s Symphony Hall and Town Hall. He has been the accompanist of the East London Chorus since September 2017 and has on occasion accompanied the award-winning chamber choirs Pegasus and Vox Cordis.