George Nicholson Recordings

George Nicholson was born in County Durham, England in 1949 and studied at the University of York  with David Blake and Bernard Rands, receiving his doctorate in composition in 1979. For ten years he pursued a freelance career in London before being appointed Lecturer in Music and Director of Composition at Keele University in 1988. In January 1996 he took up the post of Senior Lecturer in Composition at Sheffield University and became director of the University’s New Music Ensemble. He is a keen pianist and conductor, is a founder member of the chamber groups Triple Echo and Nomos, and also gives regular recitals with his wife, the soprano Jane Ginsborg, and with the trombonist John Kenny.

His list of works includes a flute concerto, commissioned and premiered in 1994 in Zurich by James Galway, a cello concerto (for Moray Welsh) and a chamber concerto, both commissioned by the BBC; three string quartets; the orchestral song-cycle Blisworth Tunnel Blues; The Convergence of the Twain and 1132 for chamber orchestra, and a variety of chamber works, vocal pieces and piano music. His work is published by the University of York Music Press and Warwick Music.

His Third String Quartet was recorded for Metier by the Bochmann Quartet and the short song cycle Peripheral Visions is included in a recital of vocal music by Alison Smart and Katharine Durran (Metier). His song cycle Letters to the World, together with several chamber works, also appears on Metier Records.