Ken Barnsley – who held posts with AMS Neve, Solid State Logic, Avid UK, Amek, Merging Technologies and, most recently, Fairlight – has passed away aged 55 after suffering from cancer.
For over 25 years, Ken led sales and marketing efforts for some of the biggest companies in the music, broadcast, film and post production markets, including AMS Neve, Solid State Logic, Avid UK and Amek. He joined Fairlight in 2008 as European operations director after eight years as head of sales and marketing for Merging Technologies.
Tino Fibaek, general manager of Fairlight, commented: “Ken has always been a dedicated employee and friend. He worked right up until his hospitalisation a month ago, demonstrating his commitment and passion for the industry. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of working with him.”
A keen equestrian in recent years, Ken devoted considerable energy to promoting Freestyle Dressage to Music and worked with riders at all levels to produce music and soundtracks for freestyle tests. Indeed, his music helped Britain achieve several medals (including a Gold) at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and the 2010 Kentucky World Equestrian Games. His devotion to the activity is indicated by the fact that he delayed his chemotherapy in 2010 in order to speak at the British Dressage Judges Convention.
Ken leaves behind his partner of 16 years, Laura Duncalf, and a daughter, Diane, who is expecting Ken’s first grandchildren.
Ken’s funeral will take place at 12.40 on Friday 6 May at:
The Manchester Crematorium
Barlow Moor Road
Chorlton cum Hardy
Ken didn’t want people to send flowers, instead asking that anyone who wishes to make a gesture should donate to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, which is a charity he and his partner have been involved with for some time.
After the ceremony everyone is very welcome to join the family for refreshments at a venue nearby to share memories of the happy times spent with Ken:
Chorlton Golf Club
Barlow Hall Road