Tribute to a legendary music teacher

Gloria Preece

Gloria Preece

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A charity tribute concert was held in Eastwood in memory of a legendary music teacher.

The concert at Eastwood Parish Church was in tribute to Gloria Preece who passed away earlier this year.

She taught at Nuthall’s Horsendale Primary School and was head of music at Eastwood Comprehensive. She made her mark as musical director with Eastwood Collieries Male Voice Choir, Bakers Dozen Choir and The Greasley Singers.

Her star protégé Robert Carlin, who she mentored as a young boy and has gone on to find global fame as a professional singer, returned to Eastwood where he wowed a packed audience.

Mr Carlin, an award winning tenor, said: “Mrs Preece was my inspiration. She enriched the lives of many and will always have a special place in my heart.

“As a young boy aged 11, she took me under her wing and I was her first A-level music student. She put me on the path to success and I will be forever grateful”, he added.

The memorial concert raised £883 which will be shared between Macmillan Cancer Support and Hayward House.

Angela Crawford who co-ordinated the event said “It has served as a worthy tribute to a wonderful human being. Gloria touched the hearts of many and her love of music enhanced the lives of those who were fortunate enough to cross her path.”