He’s well-known for hosting charity concerts and at the age of 92, George London has no plans of stopping anytime soon.
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The Nowra resident was born in Camberwell, England in November 1925.
George was a talented boy soprano and at the age of 10 he was selected to sing at the Royal Albert Hall in London that was a Royal Command performance.
Present guests were Princess Elizabeth, the present Queen and Princess Margaret Rose. George was fortunate enough to study the piano under the direction of a tutor from the London Royal Academy of music for the piano forte (classical section)
At the age of 16, George performed on the concert stage in London playing Tchykovski’s piano concerto number one in Bb major.
He enlisted in the Royal Navy at the age of 18 and served both in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans during World War 2 and was awarded two campaign medals – the Atlantic Star, the Pacific Star and the 1939-45 war medal.
George was demobilized in Australia after marrying an Australian girl.
Prompted by some of his friends, george went on the Australian amateur hour program on Sydney radio station 2UE and received first place on the night. As luck would have it, a talent scout who was also a major theatrical booking agent, Wallace Norman, heard George and offered to be his agent.
George accepted the offer and from then on Norman gave George bookings at all the leading clubs and venues in and around Sydney, including the Sydney Opera House.
George performed with many leading local and international musicians and artists and he also ran a theatrical booking agency. He office was located in San Sousi.
During the day George was department manager at the George Street branch of the leading musical centre, known as Music Houses of Australia.
He held that position for 13 years. He then opened his own music shop in Bexley until his retirement.
George and his wife moved to Nowra when he turned 60 and he entertained at local clubs and hotels. He also produced concerts for charity and non profit organisations.
Now at the age of 92, George is still very active entertaining wherever he is needed.
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