08:00 Wednesday 09 January 2013

Concert to remember teacher's life and legacy

Written byBY ADRIAN JENKINS

A CONCERT is to be held to celebrate the life and legacy of a late and much-loved former Burton music teacher.

Philip Marshall, ex-head of music at de Ferrers Academy, in Horninglow, will be remembered during a two-hour tribute on Saturday, February 2, at Burton Town Hall.

“The concert is to remember what Philip did for music in the Burton area across 40 years, particularly at de Ferrers,” said Simon Aston, the school’s current head of music.

“Burton won’t see a concert like this again, which I think is testament to Philip and his legacy.”

Film themes, jazz standards and even classics by George Gershwin will be performed by 100 musicians comprising former colleagues, friends and students.

Mr Aston will conduct a wind band, while Steve Mead, one of the world’s finest euphonium players, will lead a brass band and Philip McBride, a former teacher at de Ferrers, will direct a jazz band.

They will share the stage with two groups of vocalists and several soloists.

Apart from Mr Mead, a mark of the quality on show will be highlighted by the participation of a percussionist from the London Symphony Orchestra.

“These people are coming from all over the place to play,” said Mr Aston.

“There will be a massive range of music to suit all tastes and it’s going to be an incredibly special evening.”

Two ex-de Ferrers teachers, John Phillips and Jacquie Botten, will compere and Mr Marshall’s widow, Margaret, will attend with her two sons, Mark and Simon.

Proceeds from the evening will go to charities involved with prostate cancer, the disease which resulted in 72-year-old Mr Marshall’s death on August 15 last year at the Royal Derby Hospital.

His funeral was a fortnight later.

Tickets for the 7.30pm concert, priced £6 for balcony seats and £5 for the stalls, are available by calling 01283 543240.

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