Lesson in fundraising with band’s charity CD

MPMC French Lessons in 1977 at Chelsea College
MPMC French Lessons in 1977 at Chelsea College

City musicians have issued a CD to help raise money for Willen Hospice in memory of a former band member.

French Lessons, a locally based band, have handed over a cheque for £500 to Willen Hospice from proceeds raised so far from the sale of their album, written in tribute to bass player Dave Gillbe.

The band, originally comprising Ian Lee-Dolphin, Martin Plumb, Dave Gillbe, Geoff Coxon and Richard Gleave, was formed in west London during the summer of 1977 and enjoyed performing together for five years.

Eventually the members went their separate ways but in 2005 decided to re-form with the intention of playing live once again.

By this time, Dave was living in Milton Keynes and fellow band member Richard was based in Linslade.

Sadly, before the full reunion could go ahead, Dave was diagnosed as terminally ill and he died at Willen Hospice in September 2008.

At his wake in Stony Stratford the band decided that a CD would be a fitting tribute with all the songs featured original compositions by Ian and Martin.

The main recording, in Linslade, took three years to complete with the help of other musicians from Milton Keynes.

The CD was finally released in February with more than 50 per cent of the proceeds being donated to Willen Hospice.

It will soon be available from Willen Hospice shops and can be bought or downloaded from www.frenchlessons77.com or from the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/frenchlessons77.