Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Memorial concert for singer at village hall

Memorial concert for singer at village hall

A CONCERT in memory of George Michael will be held at Goring village hall on what would have been the singer’s 54th birthday.

The event on June 25, called You Have Been Loved: Celebrating the Life and Music of George Michael, will feature a performance of his greatest hits by the George Michael Tribute Band.

Half of the proceeds will be donated to the children’s charity Childline.

David Wright, the band’s singer, said the gig had almost sold out after he advertised it on Facebook this week.

He said: “We’re big fans and wanted to do something to celebrate his life in a place that had significance for him.

“We didn’t know how the village hall trustees would respond but they were keen on the idea and very welcoming.

“It took us all by surprise how popular it has been. I only mentioned it once on Facebook and sales have gone pretty crazy so I wanted local people to have the chance to buy a ticket before they’re all gone.

“We didn’t want to make any money from it and, unlike some tribute bands, I don’t try to look like him — after all, there was only one George Michael.

“It’s all about celebrating his incredible music while supporting a charity as he was a very generous man.”

Michael was found dead at his home off Goring High Street, which he had owned since 1999, on Christmas Day.

His partner Fadi Fawaz called 999 but medics were unable to revive the star.

An initial post-mortem proved inconclusive but this week it was confirmed he had died of natural causes so no inquest will take place. Oxfordshire coroner Darren Salter said Michael had dilated cardiomyopathy, in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is weakened. He also had myocarditis, which is inflammation of the heart muscle, and a fatty liver.

Thousands of fans from around the world flocked to Goring when his death was announced. Within days, hundreds of tributes including flowers, candles, records and CDs, T-shirts, posters and other memorabilia had been left outside his house.

Businesses say they are still welcoming a steady stream of admirers and another big surge is expected over Michael’s birthday weekend.

The parish council is investigating whether marshals will be needed to prevent overcrowding on the pavements.

The council is also considering a permanent memorial to the Wham! singer. All comments and suggestions should be emailed to george.michael.gpc@gmail.com

The tribute concert will begin at 7pm and tickets cost £15, which includes a free glass of wine.

For more information or to book, call 07956 365702 or visit www.ticketsource.co.uk/
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