Celebrating the life of Bryony

The former music teacher of a talented French horn player who was tragically killed in 2015, raises almost £3000 for Nordoff Robbins in a memorial music concert.

Teacher Simon Davie was inspired to bring together the musical alumni of Cox Green School to perform their first ever reunion concert in memory of their much-loved friend, Bryony.

Accomplished French horn player and talented musician Bryony had just completed her first year studying music at the University of Sheffield when she was killed by a drink driver. Bryony aspired to become a music therapist after she graduated and her friends and family have been tirelessly fundraising for Nordoff Robbins in her memory since 2015.

Reflecting on Bryony’s character, Simon said: “Bryony was an incredible student, a once in a lifetime kind of friend, and an extremely talented musician, who hoped to one day work for Nordoff Robbins after completing her music degree at the University of Sheffield. Having spent the majority of her time at school in the music department, Bryony became a favourite of the teachers and students alike. The Cox Green music department was very much a family, with Bryony one of those at its core.”

Simon has been instrumental in the fundraising efforts undertaken by Bryony’s loved-ones over the past few years, with this concert being the latest of his incredible efforts! The musicians taking part in the concert were made up of former students who had studied at the school alongside Bryony.

The concert, which was attended by students, teachers, friends, and family was opened by the school’s jazz orchestra playing ‘September’ by Earth, Wind and Fire, followed by ‘Every Little Thing’ by Sting. Throughout the night the audience enjoyed a mixture of original songs, jazz classics and choral performances. Simon recalled a highlight of the evening being a rendition of the “Fanfare For St Edmundsbury,” performed by a trumpet trio made up of Simon, and friends of Bryony, Nick and Joy. Poignantly, Nick and Joy had originally played the fanfare alongside Bryony at their school leavers concert in 2014.

To end the special evening, the Cox Green School Chamber Choir reunited to sing a beautiful arrangement of ‘Fields of gold’ and a poignant acapella version of ‘Goodnight sweetheart.”

Simon said of the evening: “There was not a dry eye in the house as the concert drew to a close. The ticket sales and raffle, along with some incredible donations meant that a fantastic £2900 was raised for a brilliant charity, in memory of our wonderful Bryony.”

Thank you to Simon and to Bryony’s friends and family, for their incredible support of our life-changing music, which is helping us to ensure that people in need continue to benefit from the music therapy that Bryony so passionately believed in.