Professor George Nicholson

Department of Music

Personal Chair, Composition

Director of the New Music Ensemble

Academic reading score by piano

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Professor George Nicholson
Department of Music
Jessop Building
Leavygreave Rd
S3 7RD

I am Head of Composition and Director of the University of Sheffield New Music Ensemble, which is devoted to the promotion of new student work alongside the performance of classic repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries, and I also frequently conduct the Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra. My work as a composer encompasses a wide range of instrumental and vocal music which has been performed and broadcast in many countries.

My music is published by the University of York Music Press, Warwick Music, Peacock Press and Gonzaga Music. I teach undergraduate modules in composition, orchestration, performance and 20th and 21st century music history, including jazz, and I supervise postgraduate research students in composition and issues related to contemporary music. To date I have supervised 27 doctoral students to successful completion, as well as 28 research masters students.

I gained my first degree at York University and went on to pursue a doctorate in composition, studying with Bernard Rands and David Blake. I worked as a freelance musician and teacher in London for ten years before taking up an appointment as Lecturer in Music and Director of Composition at Keele University in 1988, and then joined the staff at Sheffield in 1996. I am a keen pianist and conductor, a founder member of the chamber groups Triple Echo and Nomos, and I also give regular recitals with my wife, the soprano Jane Ginsborg, clarinettist Philip Edwards and trombonist John Kenny.

I am Director of the Sheffield Lydian Singers and since 2016 I have been President of the Sheffield Bach Society. From 2006 to 2018 I served as a member of the Executive Committee for Concert Music of the Brtish Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (now the Ivors Academy) and I have been regularly called upon as an adjudicator for the British Composer Awards (now known as the Ivors Composer Awards).

Professor George Nicholson 



  • Nicholson GT (2019) La Dame à la Licorne. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson GT (2018) Launch. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson GT (2017) String Quartet No.5. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson GT (2016) Salut. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson GT (2016) Madrigals in memoriam Henri Pousseur. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson GT (2015) Shadow Play. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Nicholson GT (2015) Far Cry. RIS download Bibtex download
Research group


  • Mark McCombs - Portfolio of original compositions
  • Robert Tucker (MMus) - Portfolio of original compositions
  • Konstantinos Vlachos - Use of space in traditional music composition