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George Michael announces orchestra tour

George Michael, Twenty Five

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Michael has announced a 47-date tour of Europe that will see him accompanied by a symphony orchestra.

Symphonica: The Orchestral Tour will commence in Prague in the Czech Republic on August 22 and includes 12 dates in the UK at the end of October.

There will also be a special charity performance in aid of the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor’s Aids foundation to be held at the Royal Opera House on November 6.

Announcing his return to the live arena on Wednesday (May 11, 2011), George Michael told reporters ay London’s Royal Opera House: “I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist. I’m really not interested or excited by repeating former successes.”

According to organisers, the tour will see Michael perform “a carefully chosen selection of his songs”, as well as “some of his favourite songs from other artists”.

News of the dates is surprising given that the singer had previously claimed that his 2008 concerts would be his last live shows.

The UK dates of the European tour are (all 2011):

25 – Royal Albert Hall
26 – Royal Albert Hall
28 – Royal Albert Hall
29 – Royal Albert Hall

1 – 02 Arena Dublin
6 – Royal Opera House, London
26 – Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
30 – Echo Arena, Liverpool

2 – Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
3 – Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
6 – SECC, Glasgow
9 – LG Arena, Birmingham
12 – MEN Arena, Manchester

For a full list of tour dates so far, click here