Tributes paid to much-loved music teacher



Tributes from students and friends are pouring in for a much loved Hinckley music teacher who tragically lost her life.

Liz Hextal, 44, from Sharnford in Leicestershire died in hospital after being taken ill last Friday night.

Close friend, Luke Thomas, 26, who lives in Queens Road Hinckley Said: “I Feel distraught, I met her through my bar and we instantly became close friends because of our love of music, entertainment, family and tequila worms, that she only ever drank with gin.”

Liz was a multi-instrumentalist and had taught hundreds of students for over twenty years in Hinckley, although her main focus was the piano, she also taught recorder, flute, clarinet, saxophone and keyboard.

Kim Harris, of Hinckley, who Liz taught the clarinet and would later become a close friend said: “She can’t believe the awful news, it was just mad and a complete shock, it’s the worse news I’ve ever heard.”

Luke added: “The happiest I had ever seen Liz was when she filled my pub full of people for a music event that she had organised, it was great to see how happy her music made herself and others when she played.

“She was a real get up and go person and always happy to help.”

Liz had taught students who would go on to have real pedigree within the music industry, such as Kristyna Myles, who is an awarding winning singer, songwriter and former MOBO nominee.

Kristyna has performed with artists such as Chris De Burgh and performed live on BBC’s Songs of Praise.

Martyn Blackwell, who currently plays guitar and does vocals for heavy metal band Beholder, was also a former student of Liz.

Luke Continued: “I just feel so upset that I had to sit and watch her go through all of this, wish I could have done more to help her, she was just such a wonderful person and a really good friend.

“I miss her so much and I’m hopeful she’s looking down on me from above, eating tequila worms.”

Rose Davies wrote: “I hope you are reading this from your place in the eternal and can see what a big impression you made on this earth, I’ll miss your presence R.I.P beautiful lady” on Liz’s Facebook wall.

“Everyone’s thoughts are with her family and friends at this time, and she will be sadly missed.” Said Luke. (394 words)

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