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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 sixty-eight symphonies, fifteen concertos, several other extended orchestral works, seven major works for chorus and orchestra, two operas and a musical. As well as a considerable quantity of chamber, vocal and instrumental music, he has composed twelve extended works for Brass Band and six 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. He was the conductor of the Sun Life Band from 1980 until 1983, and during the same period 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 Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra. He left the National Youth Orchestra in August 1993 to become the Director of Music of St Paul's Girls' School in London. He retired to Mallorca in July 2002. In Spring 2009 he moved back to Dorset in England and is now married to Norma, who was born in the Philippines, educated in Hawaii and worked as Administrator to the Vassar College Department of History for nearly forty years.

www.derekbourgeois.com or derekbourgeois@gmail.com

Compositions (104)
10 Rhythmic cool downs for wind band
16 Warm-ups for symphonic band
2001 - A brass odyssey
2001 - A fanfare odyssey
2001 - A wind odyssey
A wine symphony (symphony n° 4)
African safari
Andean antics
Arabian knights
Artà fugue, the (part 5 from Symphony n° 8)
Australian outback
Balanguera, la (part 4 from Mallorca)
Band land (narrator)
Biffo’s march
Bone Apart
British frolics
Buck's marsh, a
Chinese takeaway
Christmas on the Underground
Concert prelude (Euphonium)
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and band
Concerto for Bass Trombone and band
Concerto for brass sextet and wind orchestra
Concerto for E flat Horn and brass band
Concerto for Flute and wind orchestra
Concerto for Percussion
Concerto for Piano and wind band
Concerto grosso for ten piece brass
Contrasts for Eb Clarinet and Tuba
Cossack capers
Cotswold symphony, a
Double brass quintet
Double concerto for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and band
Eburon brass quintet
Euro paean
Fantasy triptych
Felanitx fandango
Felanitx fantasy
Felanitx fiestas (2 pasodobles)
Four empty walls and a wide grey sky
Fribourg (The old city)
Green dragon overture
HAFABRA overture
Happy and free
Happy and glorious
Hollywood blockbuster
Japanese Ninja
Jurassic coast
Lac Léman
Lammas park variations
Mallorca, symphonic fantasia on traditional Mallorquin songs
Massanella (part 1 from Symphony n° 8)
Mateixa des Figueral (part 3 from Mallorca)
Menu gastronomique
Metro gnome
Mexican beanz
Molesworth’s melody
Mont Ferrutx (part 6 from Symphony n° 8)
Morey (part 4 from Symphony n° 8)
Mumbai jumbo
Mus'art overture
Nightmare for solo Trombone and band
Oboe dream dance
Piccolo picante
Polar polka
Puig Major (part 2 from Symphony n° 8)
Red dragon overture
Renaissance revisited
Roller coaster
Sa Simbomba (part 1 from Mallorca)
Santa’s grotto
Sinfonia Andalucia
Some kind of force
Song of farewell
Souvenir of Hawaii
Stanshawe march
Stars make us small
State-side stomp
Symphony for William
Symphony n° 68 "The tower of Babel"
Symphony n° 8 "The Mountains of Mallorca"
Symphony of winds
Teix (part 3 from Symphony n° 8)
This is our Star
Three acronyms for brass
Tipsy serenade
Tongs and the bones, the (Percussion)
Trio for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
Trumpet gallop
Variations: Una Dona Llarga i Prima (part 2 from Mallorca)
Wedding day
Well of the moon, the (narrator)
What’s out there
White dragon overture
Wind Blitz
Wombats and artichokes
Wooden riddle

Arrangements (1)
Walking the dog (Clarinet)


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