George Tarlton’s musical career began as a boy singing with the South London-based choir ‘Libera’, who regularly made television appearances, recordings and concerts across the country and abroad, The guitar later became an all-consuming passion, which led him to study with Robert Brightmore and David Miller as a scholarship student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London where he graduated with first-class honours in 2015. He has made an appearance on BBC Radio 3’s ‘Late Junction’ and in 2015, he performed Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez as a soloist with the Cerddorfa Dinas Powys Orchestra.
George thrives on collaborating with other musicians, including in chamber groups and with orchestras. In 2012, he formed the Housden-Tarlton Duo with fellow Guildhall guitar student Jiva Housden. The duo went on to perform on IGF’s Young Artist Platform, including a concert at London Guitar Festival 2018, in which they premiered a work written for them by the composer Errollyn Wallen.
George is also a member of the Mela Guitar Quartet, who released their recording of Stephen Dodgson’s ‘Guitar Chamber Works’ on Naxos CD in 2017. In 2018, the quartet released an album called Pluck, Strum and Hammer in 2018. The Mela Guitar Quartet won First Prize in the Acerra Guitar Festival’s Ensemble competition in Naples and were finalists at the Royal Over-Seas League’s String Ensemble Competition.