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George's Roundhouse gig for nurses was a grand gesture

PUBLISHED: 10:53 03 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 07 September 2010

WHAT a grand gesture it was by George Michael to stage a special concert for the area s nurses at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. In some ways its been an annus horribilis for the chart-topping Highgate singer but he has refused to buckle under the weight

WHAT a grand gesture it was by George Michael to stage a special concert for the area's nurses at The Roundhouse in Chalk Farm.

In some ways its been an annus horribilis for the chart-topping Highgate singer but he has refused to buckle under the weight of an avalanche of adverse publicity.

Mr Michael could probably command a six-figure sum for such an appearance but he did it all for free and left hundreds of London's nurses with a feeling money simply can't buy. Perhaps the George Michael Christmas Concert at The Roundhouse might also become an annual fixture in the festive calendar, raising money for the less fortunate and bringing seasonal cheer to those who care for them?

As we look back on 2006, can there be a greater success story than that of The Roundhouse itself, a regeneration project which was also strongly supported by this newspaper.

Like no other venue in London, it has in a few short months succeeded in building an enviable reputation for staging events of international impact, such as the first-ever Electric Proms, while at the same time doing invaluable community work at street level. The Chalk Farm venue is a tremendous project, one in which we can all take pride.

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