Michael George, established as one of Britain’s most versatile bass-baritones, was a chorister at King's College, Cambridge under Sir David Willcocks. He studied at the Royal College of Music, where he was a major prize-winner.
Michael George has appeared with all the leading UK orchestras and ensembles, has sung throughout Britain at all the major festivals and has performed extensively abroad. He has worked under Neville Marriner, Riccardo Muti, John Eliot Gardiner, Roger Norrington, Charles Mackerras, Kent Nagano, Trevor Pinnock, Richard Hickox, Harry Christophers, Handley, Christopher Hogwood, Robert King, Malgoire, Sanderling, Zinman and Philip Pickett.
Michael George's recordings include Haydn's Creation (Decca), Edward Elgar's Dream of Gerontius (EMI Eminence), J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion (BWV 244) (Columns Classics), Georg Frideric Handel’s Samson (The Sixteen/Collins) Apollo and Daphne (Chandos), Monteverdi's Orfeo (Decca), G.F. Handel's Acis and Galatea (Decca), Stainer’s Crucifixion (Chandos), Finzi's Let us Garlands Bring with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra under Vernon Handley (BMG Conifer), G.F. Handel's Messiah and Bach's St John Passion (BWV 245) with The Sixteen (both for Hyperion), J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) (Collins) and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa Solemnis (Nimbus). He has completed a project to record all the Purcell Odes, Church Anthems and Songs for Hyperion with The King's Consort. Other recordings with The King's Consort include J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor (BWV 232) and several G.F. Handel works including Joshua, Judas Maccabaeus, Acis and Galatea, Deborah, Ottone, Alexander Balus and The Occasional Oratorio. Recent releases (2001) include Schubert’s Mass in A Flat with John Eliot Gardiner (Philips Classics), Boyce Odes with the Hanover Band (ASV) and Bach Cantatas and Masses with King’s College Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury (EMI).