Popular musician Matthew’s gifts for former school

Holy Cross Catholic High School pupils try out instruments donated in memory of former pupil Matthew Cogley
Holy Cross Catholic High School pupils try out instruments donated in memory of former pupil Matthew Cogley
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Musical instruments have been donated to a Chorley school as a lasting legacy for a popular musician.

Matthew Cogley, of Bolton Road, Anderton, was a singer and guitarist for band Failsafe.

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

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

He developed a love of music while a pupil at Holy Cross Catholic High School, where he learned to play cornet and sang in the choir.

He died suddenly at the age of 30 on New Year’s Day, and his family asked for donations to be made at his funeral to support the school’s music department.

The money has now been used to buy a new electric drum kit and a class set of ukuleles for use at the school on Myles Standish Way.

All of the ukuleles have a picture of a hummingbird, which was the symbol Matthew used on his album and publicity.

“These instruments will be cherished and have a massive impact on music in school.”

Beverley Harrison, head of music at Holy Cross Catholic High School

Beverley Harrison, head of music at Holy Cross, said: “These instruments will be cherished and have a massive impact on music in school.”

Matthew’s brother Martin and his parents have already visited the school to see the instruments being used.

Martin set up a website filled with photographs, videos and Matthew’s music as a lasting tribute. It can be found at www.matthewjamescogley.com.