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The Harry Bentham (1922 - 2012) Memorial Trophy - For winners click here


This trophy is awarded in memory of Harry Bentham, a brass banding legend and musical director of Hesketh Bank Silver Band. Regarded by many, including Richard Evans, as, ‘an icon of the banding movement’ he enjoyed a remarkable musical career.

"A talented and gifted musician, Harry was associated with North West Brass Bands for over 80 years. He began playing with Coppull Band at only 8 years old, and by the age of 14 he was Principal Cornet. In his heyday he played at the top level with various bands, winning the coveted Grand Shield, broadcasting regularly on the B.B.C. and played under the baton of the late Harry Mortimer.


Harry’s conducting career began in 1951, winning many prizes with bands at all levels and was a much-loved teacher and mentor to countless young players, some becoming well-respected professional musicians.

Harry took over the baton at Hesketh Bank in 1980 and became a firm favourite with audiences far and wide, presenting a wide selection of music at the band’s concerts. One of the finest moments in Harry’s career came in 1985 when he conducted Hesketh Bank as they won the 4th Section National Brass Band Finals at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Harry told friends only recently that he had enjoyed the time he spent at Hesketh Bank over the years and he felt that they were like a family to him.


The trophy is awarded for "outstanding performance". The winner is chosen by a secret ballot of the playing members of the band. It is awarded to the player they believe has made an outstanding contribution to the band during the year.



Rachel Cummings aged 17 (Principle Cornet) and Dave Davis aged 80 (Flugel Horn) joint winners of the Harry Bentham Memeorial Trophy 2014

Harry Ballantyne (First Trombone) then aged 17, winner of the Harry Bentham Memorial Trophy 2013

Rachel Cummings (solo cornet) then aged 15, first winner of the Harry Bentham Memorial Trophy 2012.