George Parris is a graduate of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar and associate student conductor. His main scholarly interest is in British music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, with a particular focus on Elgar. In 2011 he was awarded the Elgar Society’s Certificate of Merit for initiating an Elgar Festival at his school, St Edward’s Oxford. In the same year he founded the Carice Singers, and conducted his first concert at St James’s Church, Chipping Campden. While at Cambridge he planned and directed a number of concerts as president of the college Music Society and was artistic director of the Sidney Sussex Arts Festival 2013. In January 2014 he conducted Cambridge instrumentalists in Wagner’s Tristan Prelude and Elgar’s Symphony No. 1 at the West Road Concert Hall.