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2013 4BR Awards — Special Award

Our 4BR Special Award this year goes to the great John Berryman

John Berryman
Always smiling: The 2013 4BR Special Award recipient John Berryman

The recipient of the 2013 4BR Special Award is one of the most popular and respected musicians in the brass band movement.

John Berryman’s achievements as a player, conductor, teacher and adjudicator stand him in the finest company of his peers.

Rare talent

A prodigious cornet player, he started his musical career in his native Cornwall, where he soon made a name for himself as a performer of rare artistic talent, especially during his tenure as principal cornet of the National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain on eight consecutive courses.

It was inevitable that he came to the attention of the talent spotting hawks of some of the finest bands in the country and soon joined the then Munn & Felton Band, becoming principal cornet in 1960.

Unrivalled success

It coincided with a period of unrivalled contest success, as the GUS Band under the baton of Stanley Boddington won the National Championships of Great Britain in 1960, 1964 and 1966. 

He was also a member of the legendary GUS Quartet - one which won the National Quartet Championships of Great Britain on three occasions and was the featured soloist at the Gala Concert following the National Finals.

Conducting

His conducting career started in 1969 with the Bodmin Band, enjoying immediate success before later enjoying a brief spell as resident conductor with Grimethorpe Colliery Band, winning the CISWO Mineworkers Championship and coming runner up at the Granada Band of the Year.

He was however more at home with a baton in the Midlands - enjoying productive periods of success with the William Davis Construction Group Band as well as Nassington Brass and Kibworth amongst others.

Musical heart

The musical heart however was always to be found beating at GUS - first returning ‘home’ in 1986 and leading the band to the a brace of Regional Championship successes. His second period in charge also led to a return to the British Open, two further Area titles and the Butlins Mineworkers Championship.

Inspirational

His contribution to the banding movement as an educator spans over 29 years as a tutor and inspirational leader of young players in the Northamptonshire area.

In 1987 he was awarded the Iles Medal of The Worshipful Company of Musicians of the City of London for his outstanding services to brass band music and in 2004 he was also presented with the All England Masters Dedicated Service Award. 

Fitting

Fittingly he made his final contest appearance with the Virtuosi GUS Band at the National Finals at the Royal Albert Hall in 2013, where the reception given to him at the conclusion his band’s performance spoke volumes for the appreciation, respect and affection he is held in by the whole of the brass band movement.

That will also be the case for many more years to come. 

Iwan Fox



Foden's Band - St Michaels & All Angels Church

Saturday 25 May • Egerton Road, Ashton on Ribble, Preston PR2 1AJ


St Pinnock Brass Band - Rock Choir Cornwall

Sunday 26 May • Sterts Theatre, . Sterts, . Liskeard, . PL14 5AZ PL14 5AZ


Contest: All England International Masters

Sunday 26 May • The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive NN15 6PB


Lewes, Glynde and Beddingham Brass Band - Eastbourne Bandstand - 1812 concert

Wednesday 29 May • Bandstand, Grand Parade, Eastbourne BN21 3AD


Black Dyke Band - George Lawton Hall, Mossley

Thursday 30 May • George Lawton Hall, Stamford St, Mossley, Ashton-under-Lyne OL5 0HR


Dobcross Silver Band

May 25 • Dobcross Silver Band are looking for a B FLAT BASS player for Whit Friday.. Come and join a Saddleworth band, playing the Saddleworth circuit, including our very own Dobcross contest.. . A great chance to come and enjoy an unforgettable experience!


Stannington Brass Band

May 25 • A rare opportunity has arisen to join one of Sheffield's leading bands with a vacancy for an EEb TUBA PLAYER to complete our bass section. We have a good band room atmosphere and a calendar of interesting concerts and contests.


Prospect Brass - Skelmanthorpe

May 25 • Prospect Brass require a solo trombone to join our team. We have a sensisble yet exciting schedule of contests & concerts for the year ahead. We rehearse in our very own purpose built bandroom mon/fri 8-9.30pm


Kevin Wadsworth


Conductor, adjudicator, teacher (ABBA)