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Highgate George Michael concert raises £3k for heart charity

PUBLISHED: 14:09 14 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:10 14 December 2017

More than 300 people turned out to see a concert to remember George Michael at St Michael's Church acrss the road from the star's Highgate home. Picture: George Bodnar Archive//IconicPix/WENN.com

More than 300 people turned out to see a concert to remember George Michael at St Michael's Church acrss the road from the star's Highgate home. Picture: George Bodnar Archive//IconicPix/WENN.com

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A fundraising concert to remember George Michael almost a year after the pop star's death has raised £3,000.

Owen Paul performs at the George Michael concert in St Michael's Church, Highgate. Picture: CHRISTINA JANSENOwen Paul performs at the George Michael concert in St Michael's Church, Highgate. Picture: CHRISTINA JANSEN

The gig, entitled ‘You Have Been Loved’, saw a crowd of more than 300 fans flock to St Michael’s Church in South Grove, Highgate, to enjoy hits including ‘Last Christmas’, ‘Careless Whisper’ and ‘I’m Your Man’.

Toby Bourke, who duetted with the singer on single ‘Waltz Away Dreaming’ in 1997, said: “The show was organised from the heart. It was intimate and emotional. The enduring love for George from the wonderful people who came along on the night was something that will stay with me.

“The last time I was in Highgate was when I was working with George at his Aegean studio in the High Street.

“I never imagined that my return to Highgate would be to play at an event to mark his passing. It was incredibly sad but I’m delighted I was included in the event. George would have been proud of it,” he added.

Toby Bourke, who sang a duet with George Michael on 1997 single 'Waltz Away Dreaming', performed hits in front of more than 300 of the star's fans. Picture: CHRISTINA JANSENToby Bourke, who sang a duet with George Michael on 1997 single 'Waltz Away Dreaming', performed hits in front of more than 300 of the star's fans. Picture: CHRISTINA JANSEN

Owen Paul, who vied with George Michael to reach the top of the charts in 1986 with his hit ‘My Favourite Waste of Time, commented: “I was very proud to be involved in this tribute, especially in such a fantastic setting as St Michael’s Church, across the road from George’s London home.”

The money raised will go to heart charity Cardiomyopathy UK.

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