St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

George Barton - percussion

Tuesday, 19 July at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

George Barton - percussion

Steve Reich

                    Clapping Music (arr. solo performer on two drums)

John Cage

                    Dream (arr. vibraphone, marimba and singing bowls)

Johann Sebastian Bach

                    Violin Partita № 2 in D Minor (arr. marimba)






 George Barton is a solo, contemporary and orchestral percussionist based in London. He is a member of the Colin Currie Group and has also worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Nash Ensemble, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Endymion, BBC Singers, Jane's Minstrels, and the Royal Opera House, among many other ensembles and orchestras. He has performed chamber music at various venues around the UK and abroad, including the Concertgebouw Grote Zaal, Amsterdam, Cité de la Musique, Paris, and Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. As an ensemble and orchestral player he has performed at all the major London concert halls, including at the 2014 and 2015 BBC Proms, and at the LSO's Trafalgar Square concert in 2013. His playing has been recorded and broadcast many times for BBC Radio 3 and NMC.

As a solo artist George has performed at the Southbank Centre's "The Rest is Noise" festival, the "Occupy the Pianos" festival at St John's Smith Square, and at a number of Nonclassical events across London, among other venues across the UK. His repertoire ranges from the very newest contemporary works to the marimba arrangements of J.S. Bach that you will hear today. Performances sometimes include electronics, elements of performance art or theatre, and making music out of found objects, the human body, and the voice. He also enjoys giving lecture recitals to introduce and contextualise unfamiliar works and techniques. He recently gave a series of lecture recitals with Sam Wilson around the UK sponsored by the Countess of Munster trust.

Collaboration with different art forms is a key interest. He has worked on many occasions in the art world, including a number of performances as part of exhibitions and symposia at the David Roberts Art Foundation. Ongoing work at Peter Wiegold's Club Inégales has included work with poets and illustrators, and he has worked many times with dance, including collaborations with the London Contemporary Dance School and St Martin's College. His collaboration with Turner Prize -winning artist Jeremy Deller at the Barbican's 2015 'Station to Station' festival was featured on BBC2's Artsnight.

In 2012 George formed a permanent duo with Siwan Rhys that has performed with and without guest players at a number of London venues, including Barbican Hall, St John's Smith Square, The Forge, and at Nonclassical events at clubs such as Scala and XOYO. Their repertoire takes in the newest commissions as well some of the most challenging works by Stockhausen, Maxwell-Davies, and Morton Feldman. The duo plans in the next two years to commission major works from some exciting composers - watch this space!

George's broad musical interests also encompass historically-informed timpani playing, rock drums and occasionally contemporary composition. Recent highlights for George include performing Morton Feldman's 4-hour trio For Philip Guston at St John's Smith Square, taking part in the Academy Inégales and the OAE Experience, and performing Bartók's Sonata for two pianos and percussion at the En Blanc et Noir festival in Lagrasse, France. He will soon be performing at the 2016 Proms at September's Multi-Story Prom at the Peckham Car Park. A Britten Pears Young Artist, George studied at the St Petersburg Conservatoire and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.