Sad News

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of George Brooks. A diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease many years back was followed over a period of time by a number of  health issues, all of which George fought against with enormous courage and fortitude. After being admitted into hospital on 30th November and receiving treatment for Prostate Cancer, George was discharged on 5th January to receive palliative care at home. Surrounded by his loving family George sadly passed away peacefully on Saturday 6th February 2021.

A devoted family man, George aged 83 had been married for 56 years to Anne who along with their four children Philip, Jonathan, Gaynor and Claire and some of the nine grandchildren were able to spend quality time with George where he wanted to be, in familiar surroundings, at home.

It was George and Anne along with a handful of others who were founder members of BOS nearly 40 years ago. Since that day both have been a combined tower of strength in helping  the society grow and develop to achieve real success. George,  a former society chairman, could always be relied upon to give his time and experience for the benefit of BOS and our members.

It is for his on-stage contributions though that will live in the memory for ever as we reflect upon the profound ability that George had to always inject passion and perfection into every performance. West End and Broadway composer & lyricist icons would have been proud of George Brooks. His high degree of excellence in characterisation, voice, stage craft and precisely timed comedy was always approached with huge professionalism, including  playing Professor Higgins in My Fair Lady, numerous other principal roles and of course his many outstanding performances of Gilbert & Sullivan patter songs.  Audiences were always delighted and eager to see George in every production and concert where he entertained with charm and humour that enthralled everyone.

George, with his unique demeanour of warmth and  friendship always gave praise and encouragement on any occasion and was delightful company.  A highly respected very special man whom those of us who had the pleasure to know will be greatly missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Anne, their family and friends at this very sad time.

Rest in Peace George.

Ian G Cox

President of Bromsgrove Operatic Society