Europe’s African conductor is 96 today

Happy birthday wishes to the unforgotten Georges Octors, former music director of the Belgian National Orchestra.

Born in Gamboni in what was then Belgian Congo, Georges studied in Brussels and became assistant to André Cluytens before succeeding him at the national orchestra.

He was seen annually on television for many years, conducting the Reine Elisabeth finals.



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  • I was fortunate to meet George in August 1984 when I attended an American organised Course for String Teachers and Performers in Brussels. He conducted the String Orchestra

  • Just found a LP of Georges Octors and Jenny Solheid playing Lekeu and Mozart. Wonderful performers both. Octors is a beautiful violinist!

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