MEMBERS of Ringwood and Burley Band have been saddened by the death of their musical director Bernard Lawson on 22nd February.
Bernard enjoyed a successful spell as musical director from 1997 until 2003 giving the band several successes at contests. He came out of retirement to rejoin the band in 2009 to help members through a difficult period.
Bernard studied at Leeds College of Music and Trinity College London, followed by two years study in conducting at Huddersfield University. He was the first student to be awarded an LRAM Diploma in Brass Band conducting. Before moving to the south he had for more than 60 years conducted bands and choirs of all levels in his native Yorkshire.
He commenced playing as an eight-year-old with the Salvation Army Young People's Band in Leeds and much of his early conducting career was with that organisation.
He led both songsters and bands in Leeds, Bradford, Bolton and London. In recent years he concentrated more on conducting non-SA bands and had successes with contesting bands in the Yorkshire area. Prior to moving to Bournemouth he was musical director of Clifton and Lightcliff Band.
A spokesman for Ringwood and Burley Band said: "Bernard was a well known and respected member of the brass band world and will be sadly missed by all he knew him."
See annual meeting report on page 17