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In 1988 George was appointed C.B.E. (Commander of the British Empire) for his services to the music industry. He also received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from the world famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, U.S.A. along with the legendary Dizzy Gillespie. George is also a Fellow of the Royal Academy.
In 1989 George produced a new recording of Dylan Thomas' 'Under Milk Wood'. This spoken word recording starred Anthony Hopkins and Johnathan Pryce with a host of Welsh performers including Tom Jones and Catherine Zeta Jones. George wrote the music for the production along with Elton John, Rod Edwards and Andy Leek.
1991 heralded the beginning of a new Air Studios, built within the walls of a stunning Victorian church in Hampstead, London. George was heavily involved in the design and building of the new complex, which opened in March 1993 with Henry Mancini conducting the first series of recordings in the studio's main hall. Since then the studios have been catering for some of the world's biggest movies; the Oscar winning 'Emma', 'The English Patient', ‘Gladiator’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’ and recording artists; Dire Straits, Elton John, Oasis, Radiohead, Travis and Coldplay. Air Studios are synonymous for high quality output and for being at the leading edge of the world's audio and visual technologies.
In July 1992 he was awarded an Honorary Degree of Master of Arts at Salford University, England. He also produced and presented a television documentary on the making of The Beatles' 'Sgt. Pepper' album. The programme was selected as the British entry for the Italia Prize and also won a Palme d'Or at The Cannes Film Festival. December 1992 saw the culmination of months of preparation for a gala concert in aid of 'Under Milk Wood' for The Prince's Trust in the presence of H.R.H Prince Charles.
In April 1993 Peter Townshend's 'Tommy' opened in New York, going on to win five Tony Awards. George produced the cast album which won him his fifth Grammy in March 1994 after a gap of twenty years.