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Name: George Vass
Skills: Conductor
Phone: +44 (0)20 7435 5965
Address: 17 Parliament Hill, Hampstead,, London NW3 2TA, United Kingdom
Links: Website     
George Vass was born in Staffordshire and after studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire, entered the Royal Academy of Music in 1975, where his mentors included Paul Patterson, James Blades and Brian Brockless. He made his professional début in 1979 at St. John's Smith Square with the Regent Sinfonia of London, and has appeared at most of the major concert halls and festivals in the UK with the group. George Vass was Principal Guest Conductor with Amsterdams Promenade Orkest from 1985 until 1988; other guest appearances have included concerts with Konzertensemble Salzburg, Joyful Company of Singers, Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Bournemouth Sinfonietta and Oxford Orchestra da Camera - he has also broadcast for BBC Radio and Channel 4 Television.

His first commercial recording of works by Delius and his contemporaries was well-received, prompting Gramophone Magazine to comment: George Vass shows himself an honest, thoroughly musical commentator ... phrases are always shapely and dynamics scrupulously adhered to.

George Vass was appointed Artistic Director of the Presteigne Festival in 1992, having served as Music Director to the Festival Orchestra and Chorus since 1989. At present, George Vass holds the position of Music Director with Canterbury Chamber Choir, Bushey Symphony Orchestra, and the Finchley and St. Albans Choral Societies. He remains Artistic Director of the Regent Sinfonia of London and in March 2000 was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music.



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