A CONCERT in memory of a brass band stalwart who died just days after being diagnosed with leukaemia will be held at The Civic.

David Cotton, 70, of Longside Way, Pogmoor, had been ill in hospital for a few weeks with an unknown illness. He was eventually diagnosed with a blood cancer initially thought not to be leukaemia, but it progressed rapidly and he died on October 21.

Now Barnsley Metropolitan Band, with whom he played for more than 20 years along with his wife Cynthia and two sons, will hold a concert in his honour to raise funds towards research into leukaemia and other blood cancers.

Principal euphonium player with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band Michael Dodd will be performing as guest soloist with the band, and Barnsley Brass, which includes close friends of David’s, will also perform. Both bands will close the show with a massed performance of one of David’s favourite pieces.

Musical director of Barnsley Metropolitan Band Alex Francis said: “David was a hugely popular character in Barnsley, particularly in relation to music making, so we’re hoping for a sell-out to raise plenty of money for charity.

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“He was passionate about opportunities for young musicians and took great pride in seeing the development of the younger members of Barnsley Met Band.

“He was hugely successful in organising many tours to Germany over the last 20 years which gave the younger members fantastic experiences and memories, and he was a driving force behind Bandfest, now an annual event at Elsecar Heritage Centre with a really strong reputation.

“Thanks to Barnsley Brass, Michael Dodd, and the Civic, who have all agreed for all proceeds to go to the charity in David’s name.”

Brass for Bloodwise is at The Civic on Wednesday July 10. Click here to buy tickets online or call 327000.