West Norfolk’s music scene has struck a tragic observe with the dying of George King on the age of 90.
Tributes have poured in from fellow musicians remembering him as a a lot liked character, with a depraved sense of humour, at all times up for fun and who will probably be enormously missed.
Making and educating music was George’s ardour from his early gigs with a skiffle group touring the American air bases, on to taking part in with bands within the dance halls, golf equipment, pubs and theatres.
Later, he shaped his personal jazz quartet the King Swingers which was nonetheless on the market entertaining till the pandemic shut them down.
“Music was his life” stated his daughter Christine Robinson. “It is extremely unhappy that lockdown meant he needed to cease. He missed all of it terribly. All of them did.”
Exterior music he was a eager sailor, proficient artist and, writing as George Thos King, airing his views as a daily contributor to the Lynn Information letter pages. He was additionally a bike fanatic, collaborating in a number of of the mayor’s charity annual Christmas runs and he had a brand new bike sitting within the storage when he died.
George was born in South Lynn, left college at 14, labored first in a wooden yardand spent 42 years as an engineer with Cooper Curler Bearings. He had labored his means via the ranks to buying supervisor when the agency modified fingers in 1987 and he was one among a quantity made redundant.
In 1953 he had married Brenda – who died final August – they usually moved to West Lynn.
Music was George’s life. His father was a musician and Christine believes he acquired his first expertise of the massive band sound when his grandmotherprovided lodging for well-known bands who appeared at Lynn Corn Corridor.
“I additionally know that he was a bugler within the air cadets and led the Sunday morning parades from the Tuesday Market to the Bawsey Sandboy,” she stated.
Fellow musicians take up the story: Derek Stringer, chairman of West Norfolk Music Centre, who had recognized George for 40 years, stated that he was a founder instructor on the Centre.
“He might play quite a few devices, however primarily all of the saxophones and the clarinet. His nice expertise was having the ability to join with pupils of all ages, from 4 into the late 80s.
“He was no run of the mill music instructor. He was self taught within the college of life and he at all times inspired his pupils to be adventurous and improvise and never simply to ‘comply with the dots on the sheet music’. He would say ‘write your individual identify on the music’.
“He was a a lot liked character who was genuinely appreciated and he had a depraved sense of humour.”
One in all George’s pupils was Nik Carter who has gone on to nice issues on the earth of music and present enterprise.
Nik is a saxophonist in demand for reside performances, theatre, TV and recording classes all around the world. Stars he has labored with embrace Ed Sheeran, Jools Holland, Pixie Lott, Ladies Aloud, Olly Murs,Vanessa Mae, and the Lighthouse Household and he has performed large venues from the Royal Albert Corridor to Wembley.
“ I’m instructed I chased him down a college hall at Springwood Faculty after listening to him in a Music Centre live performance and I begged him to show me to play,” stated Nik. “I used to be 11 and he taught me till I went to London at 15 to proceed my coaching.We by no means misplaced contact and I might depend on him for assist and recommendation. He watched me play on quite a few events and I spoke to him on the telephone a few days earlier than he died.
“In all probability the final time I sawhim was on Christmas Day after I took a Christmas dinner to his residence and he stood on the doorstep and performed “I Want You a Merry Christmas.” George meant the world to me.”
Michael Williamson was one of many 4 King Swingers and recollects their gigs on Sunday afternoons at Financial institution Home, Lynn, on the Fox pub at Heacham, entertaining at weddings, events and fetes, at St John’s Church espresso mornings and at Watlington Jazz Membership.
“ He was maybe the final hyperlink to the previous native dance bands.For a time he was additionally on keyboard and sax with the Geoff Stinton Musicmen, the Centre Stage Swing Band, Norfolk Reeds and Hunstanton Live performance band.
“I do know that one among his proudest moments wasplaying his clarinet on the nook of Bourbon Avenue, New Orleans
“We had been additionally members of the Ouse Crusing Membership and, for a little bit of enjoyable we shaped the Anmer Mere Yacht Membership. We organised some sensible April 1 spoofs together with a narrative about fracking fears at Anmer and in collaboration with Palm Paper we introduced the launch of a paper boat on the Ouse.We had many laughs collectively.”
Fellow King Swinger musician, Ivan Garford stated:“George was at all times up for fun. I bear in mind him as pleasant and inspiring and particularly so when he was educating younger individuals.”
Nigel Portass’s reminiscences of George return to the Bert Murray Band which performed on Saturday nights at Wisbech Rose and Crown Resort. They went on to play in membership and cabaret bands and had a shared love of jazz. He was extremely fashionable” stated Nigel.