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It is was great sadness that we report the death of Derek Bourgeois on September 6th 2017 after a brave fight against illness.
Derek wrote many fine works across the spectrum of ensembles, large and small - mostly large! He composed over 100 Symphonies and continued writing right up to his premature death.
As well as his ever popular 'Serenade', we are proud to publish his Trombone Concerto, written in the early 1980's for Christian Lindberg, which has become a classic as well as his finely-wrought 'Bridges over the River Cam', recalling his time at Cambridge University amongst other works.
He was truly a virtuoso composer of great gifts and a distinctive voice.
We will miss him greatly, He will live on through his music.
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Derek Bourgeois was born in Kingston on Thames in 1941. He graduated from Cambridge University with a first class honours degree in music, and a subsequent Doctorate. He spent two years at the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Herbert Howells and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult.
He has composed six symphonies, eight concertos, several other extended orchestral works, five major works for chorus and orchestra and a full length opera. As well as a considerable quantity of chamber, vocal and instrumental music, he has composed nine extended works for Brass Band and two symphonies for Symphonic Wind Orchestra. He has also written a considerable amount of music for television productions.
From 1970 to 1984 he was a Lecturer in Music at Bristol University, and during the same period he was Chairman of the Composers' Guild of Great Britain, and a member of the Music Advisory Panel of the Arts Council.
In September 1984 he gave up his university post to become the Musical Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. In 1988 he founded the National Youth Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain which held its first course in the Summer of 1989. In 1990 he was appointed Artistic Director of the Philharmonia of Bristol.
He left the National Youth Orchestra in August 1993 to become Director of Music of St. Paul's Girls' School in London a position he held until his retirement in July 2002.
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