GEORGE MICHAEL is to play an HIV charity concert at the Royal Opera House in November, part of the autumn European tour the Amazing singer announced last month.

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“I have seen how HIV can affect people’s lives, how it can destroy families and communities,” said Michael.

Money raised from the concert will go to the Elizabeth Taylor Memorial Fund, part of the Sir Elton John Aids Foundation.

“The way that the Elton John Aids Foundation gets help to the people around the world who need it most – often the most marginalised communities – really spurred me on to do something,” added Michael.

Sir Elton was quick to praise his friend’s “fantastic gift”.

“George has been a patron of the foundation since its inception and has been a much valued supporter over the years,” said Sir Elton.

“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.”

The Royal Opera House HIV concert takes place on Sunday 6 November. Tickets for the tour, including dates at the Royal Albert Hall, are already on sale.