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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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Michael Brand was born in 1952 in London, England and educated at Haberdashers' Aske's School, Elstree from where he won an Open Scholarship to read music at University College of Oxford. Whilst at Oxford he wrote the music for, and conducted, many theatrical productions and concerts including working at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 1979 he joined BBC Radio as a producer working on Big Band shows, Jazz Club and a nightly Arts programme. He left the BBC in 1982 to run publishers G & M Brand Publications Ltd., and concentrate on his writing and his published output, much of it for wind and brass, is considerable, both as a composer and arranger.
His 'Dreams and Fancies' - a substantial work for Dutch Fanfare Band was premiered at the World Music Congress in Kerkrade, Holland in 1997. His cantata for choir and Concert Band - Pioneer 10 - received performances at Warwick Arts Centre and Symphony Hall, Birmingham.
His commission for virtuoso Stephen Sykes, �Four Temperaments for Tuba�, was premiered in England by the Royal Marines and in Chicago at the Mid-West Clinic and is now available on CD.
He has written five musicals and �In The Red� featuring Williams Fairey Band is available on CD.