A LATE musician's legacy will live on thanks to the donation of saxophones to a Swindon school.

Saxophonist, singer and entertainer Frank Abrams, well known for playing with Mike D'Abo and his Mighty Quintet, died on October 3, 2022, at the age of 63.

To honour the late musician, two saxophones engraved in his honour were donated to the music department of Swindon's Great Western Academy in October by Colin Abrams, Frank's 90-year-old father.

The instruments were handed over to music teacher Ellie Shannon ahead of her students taking part in the Modulo, Orchestras for all programme which supports schools in developing mixed-ability ensembles.

As a result, the students will be working with professional musicians and pupils from other schools.

Swindon Advertiser: Frank Abrams playing the saxophoneFrank Abrams playing the saxophone

The donation was organised by John and Julie Hennessy and was aided by Alan Holmes of local business Holmes Music who supplied a saxophone at cost price and helped to identify the Great Western Academy as a suitable recipient.

Funding for the two saxophones was provided by a memorial concert that was held in honour of Frank at the Moonrakers pub and was attended by his friends and family, including his mum and dad, and his two daughters.

Around 150 people attended the concert and everyone was treated to many performances including Frank's two daughters.

Another memorial gig also took place in Spain which is where Frank lived prior to his death after moving there six years beforehand.

John Hennessy said: "A collection was organised and took place throughout these events which raised enough money for us to be able to buy a saxophone and get it engraved in Frank's name.

"Frank's parents also kindly donated another saxophone that was actually one of Frank's, which was also engraved."

John explained how Great Western Academy ended up as the recipient of the special gift.

He said: "With Alan Holmes help we looked into many schools who would benefit from the donation and GWA (Great Western Academy) told us that they were about to take part in the Modulo, Orchestras for all programme.

"Their application had been successful so we thought they were perfect to receive the saxophones. They have also found a tutor to provide lessons."

Speaking further about his late friend, John said: "We unexpectedly lost a dear friend and fellow musician at the tender age of 63.

"Frank was a very talented saxophonist, singer and all-round entertainer greatly respected by many. He was was always very supportive of young musicians, so this is a great way to honour him."