Our Conductor



George Morton is musical director of Thirsk Sinfonia, artistic director and principal conductor of the Sheffield Rep. Orchestra, and succeeded Stephen Vickers as Musical Director of the Sheffield Youth Orchestra in January 2015. Having completed a postgraduate in composition and performance at the University of Sheffield in October 2013, he is a busy freelance conductor, performer and teacher.
George has recently worked as a guest conductor with ensembles such as Chesterfield Symphony, the West Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra (Leeds) and Sounds of the Engine House (North West Sound and Music Tour). Last season he was engaged as assistant conductor for Mahler 2 (Bridgewater Hall, offstage conductor), Mahler 8 (offstage conductor, Poole Lighthouse and Exeter Cathedral) and to Ben Palmer (Orchestra of St Paul's, London).
Recent conducting highlights include sell-out performances of Charlie Chaplin's Gold Rush and City Lights with live score, a newly-commissioned chamber arrangement of the Planets at Latitude Music Festival (Suffolk) and a sell-out performance at the Crucible Theatre, Sheffield, as part of the Sheffield International DocFest.
As dep/rehearsal conductor, George has worked with orchestras across the country, such as Aylesbury Symphony, Sheffield Chamber and Philhamonic Orchestras and Old Silkstone Brass Band. In March 2015, he prepared a comic relief concert with the Haffner Orchestra (Lancaster) for internationally recognised comedian Rainer Hersch.
George has recently been appointed conductor of the Dark Peak Intermediate Wind Band and has also conducted the Phoenix Concert Band (Chesterfield) since August 2012. He also enjoys a busy teaching schedule with Rotherham Music Service, Dark Peak Music Trust and private pupils, and plays trumpet with a number of local ensembles.