George Michael announces details of special charity ‘Symphonica’ date at Royal Opera House to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund.
Further details of George Michael’s very special black-tie charity evening at the Royal Opera House have been announced. The show in London will take place on Sunday 6th November as part of his European ‘Symphonica’ Tour to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation's newly created Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund.
Earlier this Summer at an international press conference at the Royal Opera House, George Michael announced his long awaited return to the stage with ‘Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour’, opening at the Prague State Opera House on 22nd August. News echoed across the globe and tickets have been snapped up in record time.
All net proceeds from this special charity evening will benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation (registered charity 1017336) to support its global work helping people infected or affected by HIV.
George Michael is renowned for his philanthropic work and has been a long standing admirer of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In 1991, Elton John and George Michael joined forces and duetted on "Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me" which became a number one smash hot across the world and benefitted the London Lighthouse AIDS hospice and the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity, whilst Michael also sung backing vocals on Nikita. In addition George supports many other organisations which help people living with HIV/AIDS, including Healing Circle Holistic and Children with Aids. He also previously supported the "Red Hot and Dance" AIDS charity album by contributing three brand new songs, including “Too Funky” for which all proceeds went to the Red Hot Organisation.
Elton John, Founder of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, comments, “George has been a patron of the Foundation since it’s inception and has been a much valued supporter over the years, as well as a dear friend. This is an incredible and generous gesture. I thank George from my heart for doing this. His is an amazing talent, and this is a fantastic gift he is making to people affected by HIV”
George Michael adds, “I have seen how HIV can affect people lives, how it can destroy families and communities. The way that the Elton John AIDS Foundation gets help to the people around the World who need it most – often the most marginalized communities - really spurred me on to do something. I also really wanted to honour the inspiring efforts that Elizabeth Taylor made – especially in the early years of the epidemic - and to mark her passing this year I am delighted to announce that the Elton John AIDS Foundation will use all the proceeds from this show to create and manage a new fund in her memory – THE ELIZABETH TAYLOR MEMORIAL FUND.
Tickets go on sale on Sunday 26 June at 10am
Via dedicated Royal Opera House box office number 020 7304 4003 and online at www.roh.org.uk/georgemichael
Tickets are priced £250, £200, £125, £75, £50, £25
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