Matt’s school legacy
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