Tribute shows for former St Ives headteacher

Opening of the Tony Burgess Room at St Ives Corn Exchange, volunteer Norma Head looking after the bo

Opening of the Tony Burgess Room at St Ives Corn Exchange, volunteer Norma Head looking after the bookings. - Credit: Archant

Musicians performed in tribute to former St Ives headteacher Tony Burgess on Sunday in two concerts to packed audiences at the town’s Corn Exchange.

A room at the venue was named in remembrance of Mr Burgess, pictured, former head at Westfield Junior School, and a bursary is to be established in his memory by ACE – Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange – to encourage and support musicians.

ACE chairman Ian Dobson said: “What made the concert such a big success was the enthusiasm and the high quality of the local artists and groups taking part. It was their tribute to Tony, who was a popular and highly respected headteacher, whose warmth, natural charm and determination had helped save the Corn Exchange and see it re-opened in June 2010.”

Musicians and singers – Tony’s former pupils – spoke movingly about his ‘musical’ school assemblies and about his vital encouragement, Mr Dobson said. They included West End star Leanne Jones, singing trio Charlie Ashley-Burnett, Lucie Ashley and Annie Brooks; singer/guitarist Matt Harvey; flautist Jessica Ely and pianist Jamie Brooks. The choirs of Westfield and Holywell junior schools also performerd.

To make a donation to the Tony Burgess Bursary, contact St Ives Corn Exchange on 01480 496454 or Ros Pascoe by emailing pascoerbg@btinternet.com.


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