The Silurian Choir is accompanied at one or two major concerts a year, usually in either Pershore Abbey or Tewkesbury Abbey, by its own orchestra made up of local professional and semi-professional musicians under the leadership of George Ewart.
George was born in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and studied the violin from the age of seven. In 1972 he began five years of study with Bela Katona in London after which he joined the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden. In 1983 he won first prize in the Sascha Lasserson International Violin Competition and has since pursued a career as soloist, performing a wide ranging repertoire of concerti and chamber music at home and abroad and also appearing as soloist in London at the South Bank and Wigmore Hall.
George is also a freelance orchestral player and is currently principal violin with the English Symphony Orchestra and leader of the Cheltenham Chamber Orchestra. He is also leader of the ESO String Quartet and the quartet will be performing Elgar's String Quartet in a concert at this summer's Three Choirs Festival
A respected teacher, George has a well established teaching practice based in Herefordshire.
Whilst the primary function of the orchestra is to provide the accompaniment in choral performances, works for orchestra are frequently included in our concert programmes. These have included:-
- Bach - Brandenburg Concerto no. 4
- Bach - Violin Concerto in E
- Beethoven - First Symphony
- Beethoven - Seventh Symphony
- Beethoven - Violin Concerto
- Britten - Simple Symphony
- Elgar - Cello Concerto
- Haydn - Trumpet Concerto
- Mendelssohn - Violin Concerto in E minor
- Mozart - 40th Symphony
- Schubert - "Unfinished" Symphony
- Vivaldi - Double Trumpet Concerto
We are always interested to hear of additional instrumentalists, who should be of professional or "near professional" standard, who would be interesting in playing in our orchestra. Please contact Diana Walkley, our orchestra coordinator. See our Contact page for further information.