George Newson was born in London in 1932. At fourteen years of ages he was awarded a piano scholarship to the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music in London. Nine years later, he won another scholarship to study composition at the Royal Academy of Music with Alan Bush and Howard Ferguson. Post-graduate studies took him to the Dartington and Darmstadt summer schools during the late 50’s and early 60’s where he worked with the Americans Cage and Carter and the Italians Berio, Maderna and Nono.