Musician Matthew Cogley’s memory will live on with instruments

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Chorley school pupils could follow in the footsteps of a talented musician thanks to a lasting legacy.

Matthew Cogley was a guitarist and singer with band Failsafe, which toured around the world, and he also performed as a solo artist.

Matthew Cogley performing for a music video filmed above the Rose And Crown in 2012

Matthew Cogley performing for a music video filmed above the Rose And Crown in 2012

His family has decided that money raised in his memory will be used to buy instruments for the music department at Holy Cross Catholic High School in Chorley.

It was there that he learned to play cornet, sang in the choir and developed a love of music.

His brother, Martin, 31, said: “It seems like a fitting tribute.

“I think this will be of benefit to the pupils there and get them into music.”

Martin has set up a website,, filled with photographs, videos and Matthew’s music.

There have been more than 5,000 visitors to the website in just a week.

Hundreds of people have already bought his solo album, which is available to download for £5, with money going to the appeal.

Any donations made at his funeral or on the website will also be used to buy instruments, while a permanent memorial to Matthew is also being considered.

Matthew, of Bolton Road, Anderton, died suddenly at the age of 30 on New Year’s Day.

Hundreds of people have since paid tribute to him.

Many have taken to social media to pay their respects and changed their profile pictures to a humming bird logo used by Matthew.

On Saturday, Chorley FC held a minute’s applause for fan Matthew before the game against FC United.

A funeral for Matthew

will be held at 10am on Friday at St Joseph’s Church, on Harpers Lane, Chorley, followed at 11.30am with a service at Pleasington


Afterwards, there will be refreshments at Chorley FC Social Club at Victory Park.

Mourners are expected to travel from as far away as Cornwall and Glasgow, with some friends coming from overseas.