TRIBUTE TO SIR GEORGE MARTIN 1926- 2016

TRIBUTE TO

Sir George MartinT

1926- 2016

 

Sir George Martin was one of music’s most versatile and imaginative talents, as record producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician.  Sir George and Lady Martin have been associated with Montserrat since the early 1970s when he visited and fell in love with the island.  He had opened his AIR Studios in London in 1969, and his AIRStudios-Montserrat, built in 1978 and opened in 1979, made Montserrat a world renowned music/tourism destination.

Music Legends such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, and the Climax Blues Band visited to enjoy the tranquility of the island while they recorded their Music at AIRStudios-Montserrat. After Montserrat was devastated by volcanic activity, some of the artistes came together in 1997, under the leadership of Sir George and Lady Martin, to raise funds at a Concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London.  On the same date “Many Happy Returns” concert was held in Montserrat to provide psychological and monetary relief to the people during the height of the crisis.

The Martins set up a charity, Montserrat Foundation UK, and raised further funds for the building and equipping of the Montserrat Cultural Centre at Little Bay.  They also worked with the Montserrat UK Community and assisted resettlement of Montserratians in the UK.  Sir George’s contribution to Montserrat continued up to his death through the provision of music teachers to the island through the Music for Montserrat programme.

His historic Montserrat home “Olveston House” housed the relocated Government Offices in 1996 and is now being shared as Guest House to provide much needed Tourist accommodation

The Montserrat National Trust honours the memory and contribution of Sir George Martin and thanks his family for sharing him with the people of Montserrat.

Sir George and Lady Martin at The Cultural Center

Sir George and Lady Martin at The Cultural Center

2 thoughts on “TRIBUTE TO SIR GEORGE MARTIN 1926- 2016

  1. My father Ivan Browne Snr. was born on the beautiful island of Montserrat, an island which often did not feature on world maps. I spent the happiest years of my childhood there and always wanted to return. I read that George Martin was to open a studio in Montserrat and a plan hatched in my young head to return to Montserrat and work for him! The bravado of youth! Within a few months I was sitting at Air Studios anticipating the arrival of The Police who went on to record some of there biggest hits in Montserrat. I worked with a group of wonderful people – George “Tappy” Sugar Daddy” Morgan, Franklin, Desmond, Minetta, Irene, Ruby to name but a few who formed the nucleus of the staff at Air Montserrat. On the technical side Dave Harries, Malcolm Atkin, Paul Rushbrooke, Frank Oglethorpe , Stuart Breed, Matt Butler, Matt Howe and many others worked tirelessly to maintain the high standards expected by George Martin.
    During that time we were hosts to so many wonderful and talented people – Elton John, James Taylor, Luther Vandross, Cheap Trick, Eric Clapton, Ultravox, Midge Ure, Sting, Roger Daltrey, Stevie Wonder, Bankie Banx, Dire Straits, Arrow, Jimmy Buffett, Paul McCartney, Sheen Eaton, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, The Fixx, OMD, Duran Duran, Simply Red, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman, Phil Collins. The list goes on. They came and Montserrat embraced them. George Martin along with his business partner John Burgess changed the perception of Montserrat to the wider world and gave it a “new string to its bow”.
    If this were all George Martin had done in his long life it would have been ample but we all know his talents and enthusiasm meant he was an influence on the musical landscape of the world which I feel is not equalled by any othe music producer. We grow up with the music he helped to shape swirling around us and I am so grateful for that and on a personal level I am forever mindful of the wonderful opportunity this gracious, witty and charming man afforded me when he allowed me to be part of the Air Studios “family”. George Martin was my boss, a mentor and a friend. He changed the works of music, he changed Montserrat and he changed me. Columbus may have discovered Montserrat but George Martin put us firmly back on the map. Condolences to Judy and his wonderful family.

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