FOUNDER & CONDUCTOR
George Parris (b. 1993) is a British conductor and singer, currently based between the UK and Finland. As a young enthusiast of Elgar's music, he was awarded the Elgar Society's Certificate of Merit in 2011 for his commitment to the research and performance of Elgar works. He then studied for a BA in Music at the University of Cambridge, followed by an MSt in Musicology at the University of Oxford where he also sang as a Lay Clerk with the Choir of Magdalen College.
He founded The Carice Singers in 2011, and conducted the ensemble's first concert only a few days after his eighteenth birthday. Since then he has been the choir's Conductor and Artistic Director, making his first recording with them for the Naxos label aged 20.
Further studies in conducting have now taken him to the Sibelius Academy, Helsinki, where he is a member of the Helsinki Chamber Choir and works as a freelance conductor. His growing interest in Nordic music is apparent by his frequent programming of Nordic choral works.
In May 2018, Parris was invited to work with the Croatian Radio-television Choir in an all-British programme, and observe both the Danish National Vocal Ensemble and the Latvian Radio Choir. In Finland he works with a number of professional and amateur ensembles including Spira Ensemble, and the Sibelius Academy Vocal Ensemble.