Cheryl King

Our very dear friend and colleague Cheryl King passed away just before Christmas 2014.

Cheryl with Art Themen

Cheryl with Art Themen at Fleet Jazz Club

Cheryl played alto sax and piano and was a wonderful musician and a very gifted and popular music teacher, and is very much missed by us all.

Thank you to everyone who came the evening in memory of Cheryl on May 11th, 2018 and to everyone who so generously donated to the bursary.

Cheryl King (Hirst) Bursary

Cheryl was committed to providing opportunities for all children to learn about music regardless of background, so we set up a bursary in her memory for young people who need extra financial support for lessons or instruments.

Since the beginning of 2017 we’re really pleased that with the help of Surrey Arts, the bursary has been able to support 16 students with individual or group music lessons across 7 schools in Guildford and Cranleigh.

The bursary also funded  “The Cheryl King (Hirst) Award”  award as part of the Awards for Young Musicians (AYM) annual awards programme in 2017 and are planning to fund another for 2018. AYM have been running their annual Awards programme for 18 years and to date have given Awards to more than 1,000 exceptional young musicians, many of whom have gone on to prestigious music colleges and become professional musicians. Each year those in need of financial support towards the next step in their musical progression can apply for the award and as well as providing financial assistance, AYM supports Award winners by providing advice, guidance and access to a range of music-making, mentoring and performance opportunities throughout the Award year.

If you would like to make a donation to the fund, the bank details are below. Any amount would be much appreciated, thank you!

BACS payments should be made to :

Cheryl King (Hirst) Bursary

National Westminster Bank

Sort Code: 60-09-21

Account No: 81267436

Cheryl’s Music

John Clarke has kindly collated some recordings of Cheryl playing sax and piano over the past few years. They include recordings of her playing with Alan Barnes at Fleet Jazz (Cheryl on piano, and also on sax playing with Alan), with Gabriel Garrick and Sam Walker at The Electric Theatre, Guildford (Cheryl on piano), with her quartet ‘Kind Of Blue’, and playing with local musicians, either on piano and alto saxophone.

You can listen to these recordings here:

There’s also some video footage here from the Celebration evening in memory of Cheryl’s life, including a clip taken of Cheryl soloing at a jam session in Summer 2014.

Painting of Cheryl


Denise Slattery painted a wonderful portrait of Cheryl from a gig she did at the Guildhall in Guildford with Alan Barnes and Bruce Adams in November 2013 which was kindly purchased for the bursary by David Kirby and has found a very happy home at Waverley Abbey School. The picture here is of the head, Kate Redman, taking receipt of the painting from Denise and Marianne.


One Response to Cheryl King

  1. Jeremy Attwood says:

    I’m so sorry to hear Cheryl had passed away. I knew her from the Dorking jazz sessions and was such a positive energetic person. I hope her dreams can continue.
    Jeremy Attwood (double bass)

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