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BEM for John Cowking

40 years of musical service has been recognised in the New Year Honours List for John Cowking.

British Empire Medal

 

The brass band movement in the UK did in fact gain recognition in the 2015 New Year Honours List, with the well hidden announcement of a thoroughly deserved British Empire Medal to John Cowking for services to music in the Hodder Valley in Lancashire.

40 years of service

John has been the Musical Director of Slaidburn Silver Band for over 40 years, as well as being the highly respected organist at the Slaidburn Parish Church. The band, which is now a non-contesting ensemble from near Clitheroe, was formed in 1898, but has become an integral part of the local community since John took over the baton.

I’m thrilled and delighted to be recognised in this way — especially as it covers both music making with Slaidburn Band and through my local Parish ChurchJohn Cowking BEM

Thrilled

John told 4BR: “I’m thrilled and delighted to be recognised in this way — especially as it covers both music making with Slaidburn Band and through my local Parish Church.”



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Stuart Black

BA (Hons) Music
Conductor, Teacher, Flugel soloist