Georgen Strickland is an oboist, orchestrator/arranger and rehearsal pianist based in Manchester, England. He is currently studying for a Masterof Music degree in oboe under Melinda Maxwell at the Royal Northern College of Music, supported by the John Fewkes (Leicestershire) Instrumental Scholarship. As part of his studies, he also receives Cor Anglais tuition from Rachel Pankhurst and Thomas Davies. He currently plays with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra, and the North Winds Quintet (winners of the June Emerson Prize, 2016).
George leads a busy professional life. He has performed orchestrally and as a soloist in venues around the country including the Clothworker’s Centenary Concert Hall, The Bridgewater Hall and the Wigmore Hall, as well as appearing on BBC Radio Leeds and BBC Radio Lancashire. He has worked on the music teams for many theatrical groups including Leeds Youth Opera, BrassNeck Theatre Company and the Effectus Theatre Company.
As an oboist, George enjoys an eclectic performing career in opera, musical theatre and classical music, including being principal oboe at Leeds Youth Opera, and oboist with the Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and The Green and Pleasant Band. Alongside this, his quintet the North Winds deliver outreach workshops with adults and children alongside their regular concerts which George is passionate about. They are currently rehearsing a new work for this by Philip Henderson ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’.
As a rehearsal pianist, George specialises in Musical theatre, opera, and choral music, as well as being residential pianist for Uppingham Summer School’s Musical Theatre and Choral weeks.