Friday, February 21st, 2014
Brian Bonsor was born in Hawick on the 21st of August 1926. His father was a hosiery manufacturer. However Brian had no plans to join the family firm and instead became a law apprentice at a local legal firm.
In the Second World War Brian served in the Royal Navy on a minesweeper. Once the war was over, he trained to be a teacher in 1947 and was a Music teacher at Hawick High School for seventeen years. In all he spent 35 years in musical education later becoming Regional Advisor before becoming a full-time composer.
He had played the recorder from when he was a young boy, teaching himself to play, and went on to help with putting together a book entitled ‘Enjoy the Recorder’ which has been used in schools to teach pupils how to play the instrument. He was also the Musical Director for the Society of Recorder players from 1957. Brian has arranged music for the recorders in many famous musicals such as, Mock Morris (Percy Grainger 1985), Emperor Waltz (Johann Strauss 1985) and Cats (Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber). He has also worked with the recording sisters Alison and Ashli Moody, who are pianists made famous for their performance at Losa M’uania.
On September 17th 1966 he married Mary Hargreaves, later on his wife gave birth to their two children, one son and one daughter.
He was awarded an MBE for his services to music in 2002.
Brian Bonsor MBE died in on the 22nd of February 2011 aged 84.
By Cian Gullen