Musical tribute to murdered police officers Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes
3:41pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
A moving tribute to murdered policewomen Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes has been performed by a Bury musician.
Jonathan Taylor, of Haddon Close, Hollins, is the Greater Manchester Police Band’s director of music, and came forward with the idea of producing a video to commemorate the first anniversary of the women’s deaths.
The 23-year-old played a version of A Little Prayer on the marimba, which was originally written by world renowned solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who is deaf, when she was just 13 years old.
The performance was recorded at Greater Manchester Police’s headquarters in Newton Heath, and is available to watch on YouTube.
Mr Taylor said: “I thought it would be great to do something for the anniversary. It is quite a well known piece of music among percussionists. It is a slow chorale which sounds similar to a hymn, but at the same time, is quite uplifting.”
Mr Taylor was also involved in the memorial service for the two officers at Hyde Police Station last week. He added: “We were involved in the funerals themselves last year and we played at the cathedral so we have been there along the way. It was quite an uplifting service this time, a bit more about looking into the future.”
The former Castlebrook High pupil is also the principal percussionist of the Besses Boys Band.
PCs Fiona Bone, aged 32, and Nicola Hughes, aged 23, were shot dead on September 18 last year. The pair were gunned down by Dale Cregan who was jailed for life after admitting their murders.
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