B i o g r a p h y
George is a musical director based in Manchester, graduating with a masters in performance from the Royal Northern College of Music and a BA in music from the University of Leeds. He enjoys a varied career as an MD, vocal coach, session musician and orchestrator/arranger.
George has performed around the country at venues including the Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall, Royal Albert Hall, The Other Palace, The Union Theatre, Kings Head Theatre Pub and the Bridgewater Hall, as well as appearing on CBBC with the West End Musical Choir.
His work in musical theatre spans commercial, fringe/independent, revue and cabaret, as well as championing brand new writing. He was MD on several new works including “Steep Themselves in Night”, “Make Me Infamous” and Music Supervisor for “Is He Musical” (all by Jude Taylor), “Subway” (by Gus Gowland), and the brand new musical “Bird Brigade" (by Lara De Belder and Luka Bjelis). His Bette Midler Revue “Bette: From Bathhouse to Broadway” (co-written with Jonathan Booth) has been performed at Brighton and Greater Manchester Fringes and a tour is being planned for 2023.
Alongside this, George is in regular demand as a session player and deputy, covering on shows including “Midnight Train to Georgia - The Gladys Knight Story”, “Something About George Harrison” and “La Voix - The Eighth Wonder of the World”, as well as theatre productions around the country.
He also works as an orchestrator and arranger and has had his work performed around the UK. George’s previous work includes Lucie Jones At Christmas (Her Majesty’s Theatre, London/St David’s Hall, Cardiff) Jason Mansford's Christmas Charity Concert (Bridgewater Hall, Manchester) and An Evening with Rob King (The Lowry, Salford). He has also worked on orchestrations, vocal arrangements and tracks for the UK Tour of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (Red Entertainment).
George is a freelance vocal/repertoire coach and has worked with the RNCM Young Company, StageBox, Phil Winston’s Theatreworks, The Northern Ballet School and Shockout Arts. He has also been a visiting MD, rehearsal pianist and repertoire/vocal coach at The Arden, LIPA, Liverpool Theatre School and other performing arts colleges in the North of England.
Current/Upcoming Projects: The Book Thief (Associate MD: Bolton Octagon), Bette: From Bathhouse to Broadway (Co-writer and MD: UK Tour), A Spoonful of Julie (Pianist: UK Tour).
Recent credits: The Spitfire Grill (MD: Liverpool June 2022), Soul Sisters (MD: UK Tour), Bird Brigade (MD/Orchestrator: The Other Palace May 2022); Is He Musical (Music Supervisor/Orchestrations: Leicester Curve), Good Fun (MD: Kings Head Theatre), The Regulars in Concert (MD: Hope Mill), Lucie Jones at Christmas (Orchestrator: Lambert Jackson), Sweet Charity (MD: RNCM), “Urinetown” (MD: RNCM).
For more information on George’s work please find him on Facebook (George Strickland Music), Twitter and Instagram (gstrickland91).