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George Ireland


From a non-musical background, George Ireland began to play the piano from scratch, self-taught at the age of 14. He is now 27 and enjoys a thriving career, in demand both as a recital partner and as a repetiteur in Opera and Choral music.

Graduating with distinction from the Royal College of Music, in both 2020 and 2021 he accompanied the winning recitals at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, with Jessica Cale and Hugh Cutting respectively. With Jessica Cale he was an Emerging Artist in the 2021 Oxford Lieder Festival, performing Strauss alongside Gwenneth Ann Rand and Simon Lepper, and with Hugh Cutting he has recently enjoyed an appearance on Radio 3’s In Tune.

At the RCM he was selected for a project exploring the Lieder of Robert Kahn, which saw performances at the German Embassy in London and the Akademie Der Künste in Berlin. He returned to Germany in September 2019, where his Bielefeld performance of Winterreise with Daniela Bechley was reviewed with enthusiasm in Neue Westfälische:

“Those present experienced how the singer and pianist explored this dark and powerful cycle, and that two people had captured a timelessly significant masterpiece entirely in its essence. And that they had not only the musical class, but also the inner relationship to interpret the “Winterreise” movingly”.

In an operatic capacity he has recently enjoyed work with the youth companies of Glyndebourne and the Royal Opera House, and will be joining Waterperry Opera Festival’s Tour of Mansfield Park in summer 2022

Last updated: Aug 2021