Tributes are paid to music teacher

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Heartfelt tributes have flooded in following the death of a much–loved Bakewell schoolteacher who inspired generations of talented musicians.

Sixty-five-year-old Richard Barnes, who taught music at Lady Manners School for almost four decades, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family last Thursday.

His daughter, Helen Francis, said: “My father had lots of time for his family.

“We will really miss him.”

Scores of past and present pupils and colleagues have taken to the social networking website Facebook to pay tribute to “legendary” Mr Barnes, who died of an inoperable brain tumour.

Angela Nobbs said: “A huge loss, but I’m sure he would be happy to know that he amused and inspired so many of the Lady Manners’ generations.

“His legacy will prevail for years to come and I, for one, will never forget him.”

He was educated at Whitgift School, Croydon, and at Cardiff University, where he read music.

Mr Barnes moved to Lady Manners School in 1974.

He went on to found Bakewell Choral Society in 1978, and was awarded an MBE for services to education and music in 2007.

Mr Barnes conducted his last concert with Bakewell Choral Society on December 17, 2011.

Shortly afterwards, he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour.

Jeanette Lumb, chairman of Bakewell Choral Society, said: “Richard was a wonderful person who really excelled in his field and will leave a great legacy. He’ll be very sadly missed.”

The choir will perform a special memorial concert at Lady Manners School at 7.30pm on Saturday, November 17.

Mr Barnes is survived by his wife, Ruth, his children, Helen and David, his granddaughter, Heidi, his mother, June, and his sister, Susan.

A private cremation will be followed by a service at Holy Trinity Church, Ashford–in–the–Water, at 1.30pm tomorrow.