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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.
Latest News from G & M Brand:
As Geoffrey Brand celebrates his 90th Birthday G & M Brand Publications are delighted to bring you:
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 1
Geoffrey Brand 'Conducting - The Art of Communication' Part 2
Latest Music Releases:Sussex Carol (cat#10312)
English Traditional arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
Peace on Earth (cat#10313)
Arbeau's Orcesographie 1588 arr. Michael Brand - Easy (USA Grade: 3)
Personent Hodie (On this day the Earth shall ring) (cat#10314)
Finnish. Realised by Holst arr. Michael Brand - Very Easy (USA Grade: 2)
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Paul Hart, born 1954, lived and grew up in Ilford. He studied piano, violin and composition at the Royal College of Music, first as a junior exhibitor and later full-time.
Having developed an early interest in jazz music he left college in 1973 and about a year later started working as piano accompanist (and sometimes jazz violinist) to Cleo Laine and John Dankworth.
In 1979 he met his business partner Joe Campbell and formed a company called Joe and Co Music specifically to write music for adverts. Thousands of films and hundreds of awards later the company is still regarded as one of the foremost in the world in this field.
In 1981 Paul renewed a friendship with David Arnold, whom he had known at college, and went on to write, amongst other things a host of radio identity jingles, including Classic FM, Jazz FM and the BBB World Service. He also scored the theme music for numerous television programmes including Tomorrow's World, Big Breakfast, Live and Kicking, In Deep and Waking the Dead. He also wrote the music for the feature film `May We Borrow Your Husband`, starring Dirk Bogarde. In 1991 he conducted his `Concerto for Guitar and Jazz Orchestra` at the Proms with John Williams. Other compositions include a large-scale work for Cathedral Organ and Jazz Orchestra, commissioned by St Albans Festival. He has written highly acclaimed pieces for wind band, 'Cartoon' 'Circus Ring' �Carnaby Street� were all commissioned for the Royal Tournament series . Recent compositions include Skyrider and Sunrise and Silver Screen.