Graham Andrew Berkeley was one of Shropshire's most talented young Musicians. At the age of 14 he was leader of The Shropshire Schools Symphony Orchestra. He also achieved first class academic grades at Advanced level but opted for a Musical career, auditioning for and being awarded a place at The Royal School of Music. There he was awarded Exhibitioner status in Violin and Viola graduating in both as well as a Teacher of Music. From The Royal College of Music he went to the B.B.C as a violinist with the B.B.C. Radio and Concert Orchestras. He then went to Germany to Cologne to study violin under Professor Igor Ozim, financing his further studies by playing in two local Orchestras in Cologne and Wuppertal. The closure of the Wuppertal Orchestra led him to seek employment with the German arm of Sterling Software where his linguistic skills were utilised to deal with enquiries from clients around Europe.
He was offered I.T. Training and proved a gifted programmer eventually transferring to Sterling Software in America. He later joined Compuware Corporation where he rose quickly to become Director for e-Business Solutuions, in which capacity he was flying to Los Angeles aboard United Flight 175 on that fateful day Tuesday September 11 2001.
Graham was a highly talented and engaging man who will be sorely missed by his Parents and Brothers and by all his Colleagues and those who had the privilege of teaching and seeing him develop. Such a life so full of Grace and Talent richly deserves to be remembered.
Head of Shrewsbury College