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Piano pair concert bid in memory of music teacher

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

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A CHARITY concert is being 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 honoured during a special show on Thursday, April 10 at Burton Town Hall.

Piano playing duo Worbey & Farrell will be taking the stage to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK through the Philip Marshall fund, a move made even more poignant as one of the members of the duo was taught by late teacher.

Steven Worbey, one half of the duo, told the Mail: “We are holding a charity event at Burton Town Hall on April 10.

“It is to raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK through the Philip Marshall fund, which is very popular in Burton as he was a much loved music teacher at de Ferrers Academy for many years and also my piano teacher.

“I’m Burton born and have since toured the globe as part of a piano duo called Worbey & Farrell.

“It’s a fun and unconventional concert for all the family which breaks down the traditional classical barriers.

“We’ve performed in more than 200 UK theatres, in festivals, radio, television and played in more than 160 countries worldwide, so we have some very interesting stories to tell.”

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 2012 at the Royal Derby Hospital.

Mr Marshall, whose command and style as a conductor were well known, taught at the school for more than 30 years until retiring in 2000.

Over the following decade, the dog lover indulged his passion for nature and revelled in cookery .

A percussionist with Derby Concert Orchestra, Mr Marshall continued as an accompanist cancer forced him to stop.

Diagnosed with the disease in November 2010, he fought it with fortitude until the end.

More information is available by visiting www.worbeyandfarrell.com

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