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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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Ray Steadman-Allen was born on 18 September 1922.He is a composer and arranger of some 400 works for band, vocal, etc.The majority of his working life has been spent as staff member of the Salvation Army Music Editorial Department, London, as an editor and was Editor in Chief of that department from 1967 - 1980.He married Joy Foster in 1951 they have two children.
Ray Steadman-Allen was Editor of `The Musician' 1983 - 1985, General Editor of The Salvation Army Tune Book 1986 and is the author of `Colour and Texture in the Brass Band' publ. SP & S.He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Australia, Scandinavia and USA, lecturing, conducting and teaching. He is Vice-chairman of the Association of Brass Band Conductors and President of the National College of Music.
Since retiring he has devoted a considerable amount of time to composition and arranging. He was chosen to transcribe 'A Downland Suite' and 'Comedy Overture' by John Ireland from Brass Band to Concert Band. In addition he was commissioned to write the Test-Piece for the National Brass Band Champsionships Finals at the Royal Albert Hall and the result, 'Seascapes' was used and widely appreciated in 1988.