George Fenwick

George Fenwick

George Fenwick

George Fenwick was a free-lance composer, arts administrator, librarian, singer, violinist, and Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre. A native Calgarian, he studied composition with Allan Bell and Quenten Doolittle.

George passed away August 20, 2020.

Listen to George’s compositions

His music has been played in many places and there is quite a lot of it.

To be more specific…

George wrote works for the concert hall and the stage, which have been performed throughout Canada, in France and the USA, and broadcast on CBC Radio.

He composed music for orchestra, various chamber ensembles, choir, and solo instruments. From time to time, he has collaborated with visual artists, librettists, and thespians.

His score for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan was nominated for a Betty Mitchell (Calgary) award in 2009, for Outstanding Sound Design or Composition, and an Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award (Edmonton) in 2010, for Outstanding Score of a Play or Musical. The music for The Erotic Anguish of Don Juan is available on CD and on iTunes.

George’s music has been performed by many excellent ensembles, including Land’s End Chamber Ensemble, Spiritus Chamber Choir, UCalgary String Quartet, Canadian Chamber Choir, Calgary Youth Orchestra, Mount Royal Kantorei Chorus, and many wonderful musicians, including Edmond Agopian, John Lowry, Beth Root Sandvoss, Stan Climie, Rod Squance, Anders Dahlberg, and Olena Kilchyk.

A native Calgarian, he studied composition with Allan Bell and Quenten Doolittle, and received his B.Mus from the University of Calgary in 1988.

George was also manager of the Calgary Youth Orchestra, a member of the Spiritus Chamber Choir, and a board member for New Works Calgary. In his checkered past, he has also been a librarian, journalist, violinist, arts administrator, telephone solicitor, and an employee of Canada Post.

But that was then, and this is now.

George would like to thank the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, the Rozsa Foundation, and Calgary 2012 for their generous support of his work, and of the arts in general.

Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Rosza Centre, Calgary 2012 logos