Memories of Sir George Martin CBE
Following the very sad news that Sir George Martin CBE has passed away, Principal of The BRIT School, Stuart Worden remembers the great man.
Sir George Martin has been a loyal supporter of The BRIT School since before it was built. He was one of the key figures who influenced the building of the School and was crucial in establishing its vision. Sir George served on the Governing Body from 1991-2001 working closely with both Governors and staff. He would regularly attend meetings, watch shows and frequently spoke of the School’s importance to the music and creative industries. The Sir George Martin Recording Studio stands proudly in his honour, unveiled in 2011 along with the Deacon Wing which houses our music practice rooms, dance studios and design suites.
Sir George’s impact on the music world as a visionary and pioneering producer was second to none and he has influenced everyone who has followed him. He would be very proud of the many successes the School has achieved including two live performances of the ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘Abbey Road’ album in full length both at the School and the BBC studios. He was a charming and gentle man and the School is proud to have been able to call him a friend.
Always Sir George, Always BRIT.
John Craig OBE said "I remember Sir George Martin coming to the BPI Council meeting with the idea of starting a school as part of Mrs Thatcher’s CTC programme. He was so charming and convincing and we all voted to go with it, it was only later that we realised he had talked us into raising more than £2 million to help build it. We had some luck as the Knebworth Concert, that we were part of, made a great deal of money and we were able to build The BRIT School.”
John Deacon CBE, former Chair of Governors added, “Throughout his long association with the school Sir George never failed to accept an invitation to visit us at Selhurst - always with his charming wife Judy. He loved the students and they loved him. He was everyone's 'favourite uncle' "
Geoff Taylor, Chief Executive BPI & BRIT Awards said: "We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Sir George Martin, an iconic producer and musical visionary whose work with The Beatles and other artists helped to lay the foundations for the extraordinary global success of British music. He leaves an unparalleled creative legacy which will continue to shape our popular culture for generations to come. We will remember him with great fondness not only for his exceptional achievements, but for the kindness and generosity he showed throughout his career in helping others.”
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