Remembering George Fenwick

It is with a broken heart that we share the news that our dear friend and composer, George Fenwick, has passed away. George was an invaluable board member of New Works Calgary for many, many years, as well as an active member Calgary’s new music community, supporting organizations like Spiritus Chamber ChoirLand’s End EnsembleCanadian Music Centre – Prairie Region, and the Calgary Youth Orchestra. As a composer, he wrote for many excellent ensembles, such as the Canadian Chamber ChoirKensington Sinfonia and Mount Royal Kantorei.

A native Calgarian, George studied composition with Allan Bell and Quenten Doolittle, and received his B.Mus from the University of Calgary in 1988. In his checkered past, he was also a journalist, violinist, telephone solicitor, and an employee of Canada Post.

George was a true luminary, whose calming smile and gentle spirit will forever be remembered.

A special tribute episode was aired on CJSW Radio on Thursday, August 27th, celebrating the life & music of George Fenwick. The tribute featured George’s music, as well as stories & memories from George’s friends & colleagues in the new music community. You can listen to the tribute below:

New Works Calgary wishes to thank the following people, for their support in producing this episode:

Contributors (Voice):

in order

  • Judd Palmer (Old Trout Puppet Workshop)
  • Beth Root Sandvoss (Land’s End Ensemble)
  • Jennifer Wanner (Artist)
  • Donovan Seidle (Kensington Sinfonia)
  • Timothy Shantz (Spiritus Chamber Choir)
  • Katie Baker (Musician)
  • Lesley Hinger (Composer)
  • Eric Bumstead (Musician)
  • Heather Brown (Musician)
  • Jenna Liu (Musician)
  • Sarah Bleile (Musician)
  • Fiona Marchetto (Musician)
  • Edmond Agopian (Calgary Youth Orchestra)

Contributors (Music):

in order

  • Judd Palmer (Old Trout Puppet Workshop)
  • Stan Climie (Ensemble Resonance)
  • John Lowry (Land’s End Ensemble)
  • Donovan Seidle (Kensington Sinfonia)
  • Timothy Shantz (Spiritus Chamber Choir)
  • Gareth Jones (UCalgary Wind Ensemble)


  • Paula Fayerman (Host, CJSW’s ‘Noise’)
  • Simon MacLeod (President, New Works Calgary)
  • Tyra Sanderson (Program Director, CJSW Radio)
  • Po Yeh (General Manager, New Works Calgary)