George Strivens

RPS Instrument Purchase Grant 2019 | £1,000 towards a French Horn

George Strivens is a scholarship holder at the Royal Academy of Music where he studies with Michael Thompson and Roger Montgomery (Natural Horn). As a member of the Academy Symphony Orchestra, George has been conducted by John Wilson, Jac van Steen and, most recently, Edward Gardner in a performance of The Rite of Spring at the BBC Proms alongside members of The Juilliard School. Before joining the Academy, George was a member of the Hallé Youth Orchestra for six years, four of which he was Principal Horn. In this role, he led the horn section in a side-by-side project with the Hallé Orchestra and Sir Mark Elder. In addition to this, George was also a member of the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain for two years and a part of the BBC Proms Youth Ensemble where he performed alongside members of the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo at Last Night of the Proms 2016.

Alongside his orchestral playing, George also enjoys performing as a soloist. He won Gregynog Young Brass Player of the Year in both 2017 and 2018 and has performed Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 1, Schumann's Concertstück for 4 Horns, Haydn's Horn Concerto No. 1 and most recently, Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 1 with the Manchester Philharmonic Ensemble. George looks forward to future engagements including Strauss' Horn Concerto No. 2 with KEMS Orchestra.

Aside from horn playing, George is also a keen singer. At the Academy, George studies with Glenville Hargreaves and is also a member of the Bass Section of the BBC Symphony Chorus. Through his choral work, George has performed with Sir Simon Rattle and Vienna Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis and BBC Symphony Orchestra, Juanjo Mena and BBC Philharmonic, and Nicolas Collon and the Hallé Orchestra.

George is incredibly grateful for generous support from the Royal Philharmonic Society.

OUR MEMBERS

Anthony Payne, composer: commissions include three orchestral works for the BBC Proms, and the internationally acclaimed completion of Elgar's Third Symphony.

DID YOU KNOW?

An early Philharmonic superstar was the virtuoso double bassist Domenico Dragonetti. He brought his dog Carlo to performances, and commanded higher fees than almost any other player.