Georges Leaver: 1925 – 2017

By: Malcolm Taylor

May 27, 2017



Georges, whose name was spelt this way because of his Belgian heritage, died on Sunday, 21st May 2017 a few weeks after his 92nd birthday. He leaves his much-loved partner of over 50 years, Patrick Wallace.

Little is known of Georges’ private life outside the Chorus.  Indeed, it is hard to know how he had much time for a private life, as his commitment was total.  After many years in the world of amateur dramatics, he joined the LSC on 1st September 1968, which was a very short time after the formation of the Chorus.

He left during the 2015-16 season, having celebrated his 90th birthday with us in May 2015 while still an active member.  During his years of service, he was Bass Voice Rep and Treasurer (which post he held for many years).  He was also Treasurer of the LSC Endowment Fund and of the LSC Friends when they were first formed.

In his early life, towards the end of the Second World War, he had served in the Royal Air Force, and subsequently he was a manager for Barclays Bank.  Singing, however, was his great passion.  So much so that for many years towards the end of his choral activity, he combined membership of the LSC with the BBC Symphony Chorus.  How he ever managed to do both remained a considerable mystery to us, and an indication of the stamina he maintained throughout his life.

The Chorus dedicated their performance of the Bruckner “Te Deum” with the LSO under Bernard Haitink at the Barbican on Sunday, 28th May 2017 to Georges’ memory.

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