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Death of Derek Bourgeois

Wednesday 6 September, 2017

The death has been announced of the prolific and popular composer Derek Bourgeois, following a long illness at the age of 75. 

Bourgeois' brass band compositions included four pieces played at the Royal Albert Hall National Final - Blitz (1981), Diversions for Brass Band (1986), Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (1993) and Concerto No. 1 for Brass Band (1999) - as well as many lighter works for brass band including Serenade, Calypso and the devilishly tricky Whirligig. Other major works included The Downfall of Lucifer, Apocalypse, Concerto Grosso and his Trombone Concerto. His output also included a remarkable 114 symphonies.

Derek Bourgeois was born in in 1941 and studied music at Magdalene College, Cambridge and the Royal College of Music, where he studied composition under Herbert Howells. He worked as a lecturer at Bristol University, during which time he developed a close working relationship with Sun Life Band, which he led at a number of major events in the early 1980s.

A tribute will follow in the October edition of British Bandsman.