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 one hundred and eleven symphonies, sixteen 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 fourteen extended works for Brass Band and seven 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.

Compositions (110)

10 Rhythmic cool downs for wind band
  • Cuban Capers
  • A Bunch of Fives
  • The Domino effect
  • Hemiolas and Moore
  • Over the precipice
  • The wood for the trees
  • Lucky seven
  • Latin lacuna
  • Unlucky Thirteen
  • There and back again
16 Warm-ups for symphonic band
  • N° 1 Allegro molto, espressivo e legato
  • N° 2 Andante
  • N° 3 Adagio
  • N° 4 Tempo di menuetto
  • N° 5 Moderato
  • N° 6 Andantino
  • N° 7 Allegro moderato
  • N° 8 Grave
  • N° 9 Allegro leggiero
  • N° 10 Lento molto espressivo
  • N° 11 Moderato molto espressivo e legato
  • N° 12 Allergro moderato
  • N° 13 Allegro moderato
  • N° 14 Adagio semplice e sempre legato
  • N° 15 Allegro moderato
  • N° 16 Allegro maestoso
2001 A brass odyssey
2001 A fanfare odyssey
2001 A wind odyssey
A wine symphony (symphony n° 4)
  • Prelude - CHAMPAGNE
  • Sonata - BORDEAUX
  • Theme - HOCK
  • Scherzo I - BEAUJOLAIS
  • Adagio - BURGUNDY
  • Sherzo II - LOIRE
  • Passacaglia - ALSACE
  • Variation - MOSELLE
  • Rondo alla Marcia - RHÔNE
African safari
Andean antics
Arabian knights
The Artà fugue (part 5 from Symphony n° 8)
Australian outback
La Balanguera (part 4 from Mallorca)
Band land
Biffo´s march
Bone Apart
  • Napoleon
  • Josephine
  • Waterloo
Brass quintet n° 2
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
British frolics
A Buck's marsh
Chinese takeaway
Christmas on the Underground
Concert prelude
Concerto for Alto Saxophone and band
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Concerto for Bass Trombone and band
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Concerto for brass sextet and wind orchestra
  • Moderato con moto
  • Andantino scherzando
  • Allegro con spirito
Concerto for Cornet and brass band
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Concerto for E flat Horn and brass band
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Concerto for Flute and wind orchestra
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Concerto for Percussion
  • I. Allegro brioso
  • II. Adagio molto e espressivo
  • III. Allegro molto vivace
Concerto for Piano and wind band
Concerto grosso for ten piece brass
Contrasts for Eb Clarinet and Tuba
Cossack capers
A Cotswold symphony
  • Pastoral: Dawn: Mists rise over the Vale of Gloucester
  • Maypole
  • The Iron March of Rome
  • Church Bells: As sure as God's in Gloucestershire
  • The Old City: Gloucester
  • Epilogue: Pastoral
Double brass quintet
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Double concerto for Trumpet, Bass Trombone and band
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Eburon brass quintet
Euro paean
Fantasy triptych
  • Le tombeau d'Arthur Benjamin
  • Mister Bolt goes for a ride in his motor car & Monsieur Ravel turns in his grave
  • The war march of the ostriches
Felanitx fandango
Felanitx fantasy
Felanitx fiestas
  • Feste de Sant Agosti
  • Feste de Sant Nicolau
Four empty walls and a wide grey sky
Fox trot
Fribourg (The old city)
  • Merry-go-rounds
  • Ghost train and tunnel of love
  • Big dipper
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
  • Sa Simbomba
  • Variations: Una Dona Llarga i Prima
  • Mateixa des Figueral
  • La Balanguera
Massanella (part 1 from Symphony n° 8)
Mateixa des Figueral (part 3 from Mallorca)
Menu gastronomique
  • Entrées 1 - Coquilles Saint-Jacques Poêlées
  • Entrées 2 - Homard Thermidor
  • Entrées 3 - Pâté de Foie Gras
  • Plats Principaux 1 - Sole Normande
  • Plats Principaux 2 - Coq au Vin
  • Plats Principaux 3 - Tournedos Rossini
  • Desserts 1 - Crêpes Suzette
  • Desserts 2 - Crème Brûlée
  • Desserts 3 - Tarte Tatin
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)
Rainbow overture
Red dragon overture
Renaissance revisited
Rhythm with a smile
Roller coaster
Sa Simbomba (part 1 from Mallorca)
Santa´s grotto
Sinfonia Andalucia
  • Granada
  • Jaén
  • Almería
  • Cádiz
  • Málaga
  • Córdoba
  • Huelva
  • Sevilla
Some kind of force
Song of farewell
Souvenir of Hawaii
Stanshawe march
Stars make us small
State-side stomp
Symphony for William
  • Will o' the Wisp
  • Dianthus Barbatus (Sweet William)
  • Will Power
Symphony n° 68 The tower of Babel
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
  • Part 4
Symphony n° 8 The mountains of Mallorca
  • Massanella
  • Puig Major
  • Teix
  • Morey
  • The Artà fugue
  • Mont Ferrutx
Symphony of winds
  • Hurricane
  • Zephyr
  • March Winds
Teix (part 3 from Symphony n° 8)
This is our Star
Three acronyms for brass
  • Quango
  • Swalk
  • Wysiwyg
Tipsy serenade
The tongs and the bones
Trials and triumphs
Trio for Trumpet, Trombone and Piano
  • Moderato con moto
  • Andante espressivo
  • Moderato ma con fuoco
Trumpet gallop
Tuba concerto n° 2
  • Part 1
  • Part 2
  • Part 3
Variations Una Dona Llarga i Prima (part 2 from Mallorca)
Wedding day
The well of the moon (narrator)
What´s out there?
White dragon overture
Wind Blitz
Wombats and artichokes
Wooden riddle

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