Resort guitar maestro turns composer

music composer Guitar teacher: Stephen Henshaw has had a book of his original compositions published
music composer Guitar teacher: Stephen Henshaw has had a book of his original compositions published
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A Blackpool guitar teacher has turned composer as the first book of his own pieces has been published.

Guitar Moments features 32 original pieces for young players, written by Stephen Henshaw and now published by Clifford Essex.

Mr Henshaw teaches classes at Henshaw’s Guitar School on Topping Street as well at both St John’s CE and St John Vianney RC primary schools, in Blackpool.

The works are also to be used in Victoria College Of Music’s syllabuses next year.

Mr Henshaw, a former Millfield High School pupil, was taught as a teenager by Prof John Mills, of the Royal College of Music, and the late Robert Atherton, who conducted Blackpool Symphony Orchestra for 50 years.

He said: “I’ve written the pieces especially for young players, knowing that there is a scarcity of relatively easy music suitable for those in the first stages of learning to play the instrument.

“The book will be printed all over the world which means I will be recognised as a composer worldwide.”

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A Blackpool pub is to host a charity night in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The Tobago pub, on Talbot Road, will be hosting the night this coming Friday.

Kicking off at 8pm and running until 2am, the event will feature Queenie Laboo as a compere and a number of acts all of whom are performing across Blackpool before descending on the Tobago.

Event organiser and contract cleaner Chris Higgins, 52, came up with the idea after losing both of his parents to cancer in recent years.

He has chosen Macmillan Cancer Support because of his respect for their work with patients.

He said: “They’re the ones helping you through day and night, they’re really ace 

In addition to Queenie Laboo, the Tobago will play host to Blackpool-based singers Evie Rose and Natalie Lucy Dean, The Voice’s Emma Louise Jackson and Johnny from the boyband Friction.

There will also be a raffle with a top prize of 4 tickets to Viva Cabaret Showbar.