Percussionist George Barton studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. A Britten-Pears Young Artist, he has worked with Endymion, the Colin Currie Group and the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group among other ensembles. Recent projects include the world première production of Julian Philips’s chamber opera How the Whale Became at the Royal Opera House Linbury Theatre, Xenakis’s Psappha at the Southbank Centre’s “The Rest Is Noise” festival, and BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall and the Cadogan Hall, performing Birtwistle and Reich. He has also performed chamber music for the Royal Philharmonic Society at various venues around the UK. With duo partner Siwan Rhys he has performed at Nonclassical, at Occupy the Pianos, the festival of contemporary piano at St John’s Smith Square, and at The Forge for the New Dots initiative.
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