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George is an oboist, pianist and arranger based in Manchester, specialising in Classical music, Opera and Musical Theatre (doubling/keys).
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George is musican based in Manchester, and is currently studying for a Master of Music on oboe at the Royal Northern College of Music. His studies are supported by a John Fewkes (Leicestershire) Instrumental Scholarship, and he studies under Melinda Maxwell on oboe and Rachel Pankhurst on Cor Anglais. Prior to this, George graduated from University of Leeds where he was taught by Christine Swain. George leads a busy professional life alongside his studies as a performer, rehearsal pianist, orchestrator and arranger, and as a teacher. George currently plays with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Youth Opera (where he was also Assistant Musical Director for 3 productions) and the Jericho ensemble performing concerts with them throughout the year. He is also oboist for the North Winds wind quintet at the RNCM and performs at events around the North West with them. As well as this, he is involved in session work in the RNCM orchestras as part of his studies, as well as other freelance work around Manchester and Leeds. George has had a varied career as a rehearsal pianist, covering repertoire from church music to musical theatre, opera to popular song. He is currently rehearsal pianist with the Rossendale Ladies Choir and also occasionally works with the BrassNeck Theatre Company in Yeadon, West Yorkshire. George is an orchestrator and arranger and had had his work performed around the UK. George’s previous work includes Jason Manford Christmas Charity Concert with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, re-orchestrations for Leeds Youth Opera, and vocal arrangements for Oh! What a Lovely War at the University of Leeds. Previous engagements include being Musical Director of LIDOS (Leeds Insurance Dramatic and Operatic Society, 2014-2015), Assistant Musical Director of Leeds Youth Opera (2014-15), rehearsal pianist for Ovation (2014-15), and Music Director at Robin Hood Camp, Brooksville ME (2013). For more information on George’s work please see his website. http://tinyurl.com/georgestrickland

Performance details
I can perform outdoors
I have a car I can use to travel to gigs
I have my own portable piano/keyboard
I can perform with backing tracks
Classical, Jazz, Folk, Pop, Rock, Electronic, Cabaret, Easy listening, Light music, Acoustic, Covers
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Event types:
Theatre / Show, Wedding, Funeral / Memorial service, Church service, Hotel / Restaurant event, Bar / Club / Venue event, Private event, Corporate event, Concert, Recording session, Cruise, Birthday party, Christmas party, New Year's Eve
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Other skills:
Arranger, Orchestrator, Transcription, Actor, Fluent sight-reader, Repetiteur, Instrumental teaching, Theory teaching, Singing teaching, Community music worker, Animateur, Accompanist
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From customers:

From (, 5 years ago

George Strickland is an excellent musical director and brought life, pace andenergy to the both the band and the singing.

Tom T, 6 years ago

George proved to be a first rate rehearsal pianist / accompanist and brought a great deal to our rehearsal process...His playing for rehearsals was always of a high standard. George fitted in seamlessly to the culture of the company, and was well liked by the cast members he worked with. He was equally at ease working with the Musical Director or at rehearsals where the MD was absent - this is a real asset in a rehearsal pianist. As well as playing from the keyboard George showed his musicality with a number of thoughtful contributions to the rehearsal process, while never being unnecessarily imposing. We will definitely be working with George again!

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