THE family of the late John Barber will be celebrating his life in the way he used to live it - with a musical extravaganza.
The former head of Hawsker School wanted to do something to raise funds for the oncology ward at James Cook Hospital where he was treated for over two years but passed away before he could do so.
His family are fulfilling that wish by hosting a musical evening at Whitby Pavilion next week where the Barber family band will also be taking to the stage.
As well as teaching music at an after school club for over 10 years, John was involved with Whitby Music Centre and played a vital role in many young people going on to become musicians and performers.
Many of them are part of the line up at The John Barber Memorial Concert which will feature two hours worth of music from jazz to folk and something for all tastes.
There will be perfomances from Henwen, Bare Wires, The Noise Council, Ryan De Silva, William Cross, Shona Crossan, The Luna Cats and John’s own jazz band.
John’s son Will, who has led the organising of the concert said: “All of the music acts are either stuff that he liked or stuff that he was involved in.
“A lot of the young people in the concert on the night started their musical careers at his music school and he was involved with the music centre on Saturday mornings.”
The highlight of the evening will be a performance from the Barber family band which features John’s children Tom, Jack, Daisy and William – their partners and John’s grandchildren.
His wife Jane added: “Nothing made John happier or prouder to play music with his family and see them play and enjoy music themselves, no matter what age or ability, which is why the Barber Family Band includes such a range of musicians from three generations of the Barber family.”
The concert is on Thursday.
Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start and tickets are £5 each or £3 for under 16s, pay on the door.
The evening has been funded by generous donations so all the proceeds on the night will go directly to the cause.