Concert in memory of Leeds brass band conductor helps raise £1,000

David Essex, above, who conducted the band at the tribute concert in memory of Clive Walker.
David Essex, above, who conducted the band at the tribute concert in memory of Clive Walker.
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Hundreds of generous supporters have helped raise more than £1,000 at a special concert in memory of local brass band enthusiast Clive Walker.

The event at Stainbeck United Reform Church in Leeds was held exactly one year after Clive passed away at St Gemma’s Hospice, aged 74, from prostate cancer.

Kay Walker, his wife of almost 50 years, organised the fundraiser, which included Elland Silver performing some of his favourite brass band songs.

Former Yorkshire Evening Post Brass Band conductor David Essex was a friend of Clive’s and conducted the band at the concert on December 1.

Kay, of Scarcroft, said: “We were introduced to brass band music by David who invited us to a concert and that sparked our enthusiasm for it.

“During the fundraising concert, David spoke between each piece about Clive and funny things that had happened.

“I couldn’t have asked for anything better to remember my husband.

“Clive had brass band music played at his funeral and I thought it would be a lovely idea to have a concert in his memory.

“I can’t explain how thrilled I am with how the concert went. We have raised so much for St Gemma’s.

“Clive died there and the staff were just fantastic to us.

“We had a fantastic marriage and have the most amazing friends.

“The concert was so wonderful and worthwhile and everybody was so kind with their donations.”

David said: “It was phenomenal to see the church full of people and the amount of money raised is colossal.

“Clive was a very bubbly person and just loved his brass band music.”

David, who had a role in the film Brassed Off, remembers going to see it at the cinema with Clive.

He said: “He enjoyed the film and it has nice memories so we chose some music from it to play at the concert too.”

The £1,074 raised has been donated to St Gemma’s.

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