The Concert for George was conducted at London’s Royal Albert Hall on November 29, 2002, the first anniversary of George Harrison’s death. Recently, the event celebrated its 20th anniversary.
The event was organized by Olivia Harrison, the late Harrison’s widow, and Dhani Harrison, his son, with Eric Clapton serving as the event’s musical director. Harrison’s newly created Material World Charitable Foundation received the event’s proceeds as a donation.
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Who is George Harrison’s second wife Olivia?
Olivia Trinidad Harrison is an American author and film producer, and the widow of English musician George Harrison of the Beatles. George Harrison rose to prominence around the world as the Beatles’ main guitarist.
Olivia was born on May 11, 1948 in Los Angeles California. Despite spending her early years in Los Angeles, she was raised by a Mexican family that spoke Spanish. She started working for A&M Records in Hollywood, near the site of the former Charlie Chaplin Studios, in 1972. She began communicating with George Harrison via long-distance phone calls as a member of the marketing team in 1974, when Harrison’s new record label, Dark Horse, was distributed by A&M.
Olivia and George Harrison married in a private ceremony at the Henley-on-Thames Register Office in England in 1978.
Before getting married in 1978, Olivia had studied meditation from the Indian guru Maharaj-ji Prem Rawat.
She worked with Martin Scorsese to co-produce the 2011 documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, and the two of them promoted it together at Cannes in 2010 and in New York City in the summer of 2011. She said that the movie took five years to make and that George had wanted to direct it himself after working on the Beatles Anthology series in the mid-1990s.
In addition, she wrote the companion book, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, which was released by Abrams. In the category “Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special,” Harrison and her colleagues producers received one of the two honors given to the movie at the 2012 Emmy Awards.
Olivia Harrison has continued to expand George’s charitable endeavors. She serves as a director for both the Harrison Family Foundation and the Material World Foundation (MWF), which he founded in 1973 to “support varied forms of artistic expression and to stimulate the examination of alternative life views and philosophies”. The MWF also has established the Harrison Family Scholarship in 2002. Scholarships are awarded at Brown University in the US, with preference given to international students, particularly those from Mexico and India.