We have exciting news regarding George’s highly anticipated London Royal Opera House show on Sunday, November 6: It’s been confirmed that this will be a very special black-tie charity event that will see all net proceeds benefitting the Elton John AIDS Foundation‘s newly created Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund, to support its global work helping people infected or affected by HIV.
George is renowned for his philanthropic work and has been a long standing admirer of the Elton John AIDS Foundation. In 1991, Elton and George 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 that 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 its 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 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.”