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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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Today's Featured Composer:
Ron Goodwin (1925-2003)
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Ron Goodwin was born in Plymouth on 17 February 1925. He studied piano from the age of five and took up the trumpet when he went to Willesden County Grammar School at the age of eleven, eventually joining the school orchestra there.Ron entered the music profession in 1943 when he became a trainee in the arranging department of music publishers Campbell Connelly whilst fulfilling freelance engagements as a trumpet player.Moving on from there, Ron joined an orchestration bureau run by Harry Gold and Norrie Paramour, during which time he also played trumpet with Harry Gold and his Pieces of Eight, a popular Dixieland jazz ensemble.
As Head of the arrangement department at Bron Associated Publishers from 1945 to 1950, Ron wrote arrangements for all the leading broadcasting bands and orchestras including Geraldo, Ted Heath and the BBC Dance Orchestra conducted by Stanley Black. He also started to conduct recording sessions for various artistes including Petula Clark and Jimmy Young, an up-and-coming singer at that time!George Martin placed Ron under contract to EMI�s Parlophone Record Company in 1950, where he accompanied many top artistes including Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Sophia Loren. Ron also began broadcasting and recording as Ron Goodwin and his Concert Orchestra and became one of Parlophone�s top-selling artistes.
In 1960 Ron began his association with MGM British Studios, composing and conducting the music for most of their British productions under Executive Producer, Laurence P Bachmann. Other film companies became interested in his work and he composed and conducted music for 61 feature films including 633 Squadron, Battle of Britain, Where Eagles Dare and Alfred Hitchcock�s Frenzy.Ron appeared as guest conductor with leading symphony orchestras around the world and also enjoyed working with young musicians from time to time. He was a Fellow of the City of Leeds College of Music, a Board member of the Young Persons� Concert Foundation and received three Ivor Novello Awards, the most recent of which was in 1994 for Lifetime Achievement.