Derek Bourgeois

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Derek Bourgeois


Derek David Bourgeois (16 October 1941, Kingston on Thames, U.K. – 6 September 2017, Pool, Dorset, U.K.) was a British composer, arranger, conductor and educator.

Bourgeois 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 composed 116 symphonies, 17 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 composed twelve extended works for brass band and six symphonies for symphonic wind band. He wrote 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, then to the UK in 2009, where he composed full time.

Works for Winds

Adaptable Music

  • Serenade (Flex instrumentation) (adapt. Brand) (1965/1980/2020)

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