Memorial concert in memory of Louth musical director raises thousands

Andrew Shaw's memorial concert on Saturday March 29.
Andrew Shaw's memorial concert on Saturday March 29.

A concert in memory of a popular Louth man and musical director at King Edward VI Grammar School drew in 460 former students at St James’ Church last week.

The church was filled to capacity, and more than £7,500 was raised for St Andrew’s Hospice.

Louth teacher Andrew Shaw died at his home, age 48, in December 2012 after suffering from cancer for three months.

Mr Shaw taught at King Edward’s since 1993, right up until his diagnosis in September 2012.

He was well respected by staff and built up a good rapport with students, leading to a resurgence in the musical life of the school.

James Wheeldon, former headteacher at King Edward’s from 1992 to 2005, paid tribute to Mr Shaw and said: “He was one of the best teachers I ever came across in my whole career.

“It was a lucky day for King Edward VI Grammar School and its pupils when Andrew agreed to become its Musical Director and Head of Music.”

Speaking after the concert, which took place on Saturday March 29, another former colleague said: “The concert was an astounding success, and the icing on the cake is that we have raised in the region of an amazing £7,500 for St Andrew’s Hospice.

“The funds raised will be put to good use providing the care and facilities at the hospice, that so impressed Andrew in his latter days.

She added: “The concert was extremely well supported by parents, students and staff, and many ex-students returned to either sing with the choir or play in the orchestra.”

The event organisers would like to thank all of those who attended, as well as the local companies who donated prizes for the raffle.