A SCHOLARSHIP fund launched in memory of a popular Fairford music teacher has just topped £5,000.
Martin Clare was a much-loved teacher of flute, guitar and piano.
When he died unexpectedly last July, aged 55, his family invited donations to the new charity in lieu of funeral flowers.
The Martin Clare Music Fund has kept on growing. "This marvellous response enables us to give Martin a living memorial," said his widow Nicky Turner. "As a music teacher he was very generous with his time and talent, by subsidising young musicians we're continuing his work in the spirit he would have wanted."
Louise Matley, head of music at Farmor's School, Fairford, said: "In the current climate many families need assistance with instrumental lessons, successful applicants just need to demonstrate their enthusiasm, aptitude and need."
Martin's elder son Nick said: "He read Modern Languages at Clare College, Cambridge, and was musical director of the university's Light Entertainment Society. He travelled the world representing the music division of Oxford University Press but always found time to play with other musicians at home, and to encourage my brother Gummo and me to take up the family tradition."
Both sons played at Martin's funeral at St Mary's, Fairford, where he sang in the choir.
Martin's close relations led the musical tribute.
A total of £1,000 was collected at the service.
His brother Roland said: "Since then we've been amazed by the generosity of so many friends, relations, and people who'd scarcely even met Martin."
They included Procol Harum fans who saw him play in the band a decade ago.
For more details visit www.martinclaremusicfund. org. Mr Clare (pictured), who died from liver failure, had been determined to see out the school year before going to the doctor.
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