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United Kingdom (May 3, 2011)--UK pro audio mainstay Ken Barnsley passed away on April 26, 2011 after a battle against cancer.

United Kingdom (May 3, 2011)–UK pro audio mainstay Ken Barnsley passed away on April 26, 2011 after a battle against cancer.

For more than 25 years, Barnsley led sales and marketing efforts for numerous companies in the music, broadcast, film and post production markets, including AMS-Neve, Solid State Logic, Avid UK and Amek. Most recently, Barnsley joined Fairlight in 2008 as European Operations Director after eight years as head of sales and marketing for Merging Technologies.

“Ken has always been a dedicated employee and friend,” said Tino Fibek, General Manager of Fairlight. “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.”

In recent years, Barnsley discovered a passion for horses, taking part in many equestrian events both as a participant and as an organiser. He acted as Vice Chair of the Lusitano Breed Society of Great Britain until ill health forced him to retire earlier this year.

Linking his career and his hobby, he was very committed to promoting Freestyle Dressage to Music and worked with riders at all levels to produce music and soundtracks for freestyle tests. Barnsley’s music helped Britain achieve several medals (including a gold) at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and the 2010 Kentucky World Equestrian Games. He was so devoted that he delayed his chemotherapy in 2010 in order to speak at the British Dressage Judges Convention.

He leaves behind his partner of sixteen years, Laura Duncalf, and a daughter, Diane, who is expecting his’s first grandchildren.

Barnsley’s funeral will take place at 12.40 on Friday, May 6, at:
The Manchester Crematorium
Southern Cemetery
Barlow Moor Road
Chorlton cum Hardy
M21 7GL

Barnsley didn’t want people to send flowers, instead asking that anyone who wished to make a gesture donate to The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust, a charity he and his partner had been involved with for some time.