About the artist(s)
George Reynolds

George Reynolds is a 23-year-old English Baritone currently studying as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Highlights from George’s conversation with The Enormity of Now are below.

Who are you and what do you do?
I am George Reynolds. I’m a baritone currently studying in my first year of Master’s at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama

How did you get here?
I was in a boy’s choir for eleven years. When I was fifteen/sixteen, the choral director said I had a nice voice and suggested private singing lessons. I did that for a year or so. He said I should audition for these things called conservatoires. I didn’t know what a conservatoire was. I really wanted to go to the Royal Academy of Music because it had a really nice cafe. That was the extent of my knowledge.

I didn’t know there were lots of different ways you could sing. I auditioned for the three (Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music). I only got into the Guildhall, which was lucky because I would have gone somewhere else. I had four years as an undergraduate there with Gary Coward. I was so lucky to have him. It’s pretty standard, isn’t it? Choral singer to classical singer. So many people I know have the same experience.

How has the journey of your art/career engaged your voice – personally, artistically, politically?
Artistically, I was quite rigid before. My voice has become much freer, which is lovely. I’ve been able to do my “ in my shower” singing as proper singing now! I don’t have to think about it as much. Emotionally, because I’m more free, I can emote more. You can think of something real and connected to what you’re doing.

Politically – I don’t think I’ve changed that much. I’ve always been left-wing. Coming into a conservatoire and the arts is quite left-wing, but then you’re surrounded by money all the time. Sometimes it’s confusing. I don’t think my voice has changed my political views, just reinforced them.

What is the voice that you found while finding your voice?
When you’re first in a conservatoire, you’re very daunted about everything. Everybody’s opinion means everything to you. It’s a very difficult thing to change. I would find it hard to disagree with all the people. Now it can be a discussion: I have a stronger sense of self.

Artist Biography

George Reynolds is a 23-year-old English Baritone currently studying as a postgraduate at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama under the tutelage of Gary Coward.

George sang as the cover Figaro in Saint Paul’s Opera’s 2019 summer production of Le Nozze di Figaro. George had been cast as ‘Guccio’ and cover ‘Marco’ in BYO’s 2020 summer production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. George sang as a Chorus member for Opera Holland Park’s 2021 summer production of Le Nozze di Figaro and sang the role of ‘Fiorello’ in Clonter Opera’s production of Il Barbiere di Siviglia for their 2021 summer season. George will be performing the role of ‘Masetto’ in Atheneum Opera’s 2021 Autumn production of Don Giovanni.