Matt’s school legacy

Rossendale Free Press - - Your Views -

AN IN­SPI­RA­TIONAL mu­si­cal gar­den is be­ing con­structed out­side Hasling­den High School so the legacy of talented drum­mer Matthew Dens­field is never forgotten.

Matthew, who had DiGe­orge Syn­drome, died fol­low­ing com­pli­ca­tions af­ter heart surgery in March last year, aged 20.

In the school gar­den old brass in­stru­ments have be­come plant pots, a bench with a mu­si­cal stave back has been in­stalled and a large ket­tle drum will be­come a bird bath.

On the wall a stave will have notes for the tune ‘La Almeja Pe­quena’ – this was the jazz mu­sic that Matthew played for his A level and was given 40 out of 40.

A cel­e­bra­tion con­cert held at the high school sixth form raised £2,269 for Ron­ald McDon­ald Char­i­ties for their ac­com­mo­da­tion in Liv­er­pool, which is pro­vided free for fam­i­lies of hos­pi­tal pa­tients.

At­tended by more than 200 peo­ple, it fea­tured Lan­cashire Youth Jazz Or­ches­tra, with which Matthew had been a mem­ber for eight years un­til leav­ing for Leeds Col­lege of Mu­sic in 2016.

A fur­ther £5,674, raised af­ter his pass­ing, has funded a room at the Ron­ald McDon­ald house in Manch­ester.

●● The in­spi­ra­tional gar­den tak­ing shape at Hasling­den High School in hon­our of Matthew Dens­field, inset

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