THE tragic deaths of two musicians have prompted their bandmates to organise a charity concert in their honour.
Tutbury Wind Band lost two valuable members in just a few weeks, when David Walford and Derek Bailey both died from cancer.
The loss has spurred other players to use their talent to raise money for Cancer Research UK, by holding a concert in Tutbury this weekend.
Bill Crossley, who plays tuba with the large band, said: “David was a long-serving member with the band. He had been playing for many years, and had been ill for a while.
“Derek had been with us for two or three years.”
Mr Bailey died in February at the age of 72, just a week and a half after he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Mr Walford passed away on Christmas Day.
Clarinet player Becky Collyer, who has endured her own battle with cancer, said the group was keen to get involved in memory of the two men, but also because many of them have their own personal experiences.
“We’re expecting about 70 members – a bigger than normal turn out. I think a lot of people want to pay tribute.
“It’s a cause which is important to a lot of us, and it’s very close to my heart as well.
“I think it’s just so important to raise awareness about this. People need to be more aware of how much research still needs to be done and the fact that it’s not all Government-funded.
“It’s thanks to Cancer Research that I have had the treatment I have,” the 36-year-old thyroid cancer survivor said.
The concert will take place in Tutbury Church at 7.30pm tomorrow. Entry is free, but donations will be welcome.
Refreshments will be available in the interval of the varied programme, which will see the popular band exploring many different musical genres.