Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lourdes Music Man Dies

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Lourdes Music Man Dies

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The man behind the music for Middlesbrough's annual pilgrimage to Lourdes for nearly 20 years has died at the age of 53.

Musical director David Boyes nurtured a thriving group of well over 50 musicians of all ages, which became an essential element of Teesside pilgrims' experience at the French shrine, blending modern and traditional hymns.

The talented organist was a familiar and hugely popular figure as he conducted the music group, which includes a large choir and brass, string and woodwind sections, at services attracting up to 2,000 pilgrims in Lourdes.

He had been unwell for a short time and had travelled from his home in Birmingham to be with his family in Saltburn, where he died on Saturday.

The Bishop of Middlesbrough, the Rt Rev John Crowley, today paid a warm tribute saying: "David will be deeply mourned in Birmingham and the Boro. He was always central to the pilgrimage and had a great gift for making music to the Lord.

"Generations of young people will remember him with special gratitude for the wonderful, gentle way he encouraged them to develop their God-given talents in music. …

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