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George Caird

George Caird studied the oboe at the Royal Academy of Music with Janet Craxton and later with Helmut Winschermann and Neil Black. He has worked with many of London’s major orchestras including the BBC Symphony Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra, and particularly as a member of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields from 1984 to 1991.

As a soloist, George has performed many of the major oboe concerti and given numerous recitals. He was a member of the Vega Wind Quintet from 1972 to 1984. He performed extensively with the George Caird Oboe Quartet in the 1980s and has played with the
Allegri, Endellion, Lindsay, Alberni and Dante String Quartets. He is a founder member of the Albion Ensemble, with whom he has recorded many CDs of Mozart’s wind chamber music. His interest in English music has produced a recording of Kenneth Leighton’s Veris
Gratia for oboe, cello and orchestra with Raphael Wallfisch, Vernon Handley and the RLPO, as well as a CD of works by Paul Patterson, Andrew Downes, John Mayer and John Gardner (all dedicated to him) and performed with pianist Malcolm Wilson, available from

George has toured for the British Council in many countries including China, as well as
performing in concerts and broadcasts in most European countries. He has been a juror on many important music competitions including the 1996 Munich International Oboe Competition, the BBC Young Musicians, and the Shell-LSO Competition. He was appointed professor of oboe at the Royal Academy of Music in 1984 where he became Head of Woodwind in 1987 and Head of Orchestral Studies in 1991. Since 1993, George has been Principal of Birmingham Conservatoire in the University of Central England. He was Chair of the Music Education Council from 2001 to 2004 and in 2004/5 was President of the Incorporated Society of Musicians.