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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.
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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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Gareth Wood was born in Cilfynydd, Wales, in 1950. By the age of five, he was playing the piano by ear, but did not have lessons until he was seven. He went to Pontypridd Boys' Grammar School, where he began to play the guitar and double bass. He joined the Glamorgan Youth Orchestra on the double bass in 1967, and the National Youth Orchestra of Wales. In 1968, he was the winner of the Glamorgan Youth Eisteddfod, on the guitar.
He entered the Royal Academy of Music in the same year where he studied double bass with John Walton and composition with Dr Frederick Durrant and Paul Patterson. He won numerous prizes, including the Lucas Medal for Composition and the Eugene Cruft Prize for Double Bass. He was commissioned to write a Fanfare for the 150th Anniversary of the R.A.M., which was performed at Westminster Abbey in the presence of Princess Alexandra. In 1972 he left the Academy and joined the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra as a double bass player. He has since played regularly with the English National Opera, the London Symphony Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra, though he now plays full time with the RPO. He has written two fanfares for the RPO, one for their thirtieth birthday concert, and the other for their Silver Jubilee concert, to mark the Queen's Silver Jubilee.
In 1975, his overture, `Tombstone Arizona' for brass band was performed and recorded at the Royal Albert Hall. Since then numerous commissions have resulted in a number of works for brass band, including `Culloden Moor' (written for the National Youth Brass Band of Scotland). `Introduction & Allegro' (used for Scandinavian Championship in 1978) `Hinemoa' (commissioned by New Zealand Band Association for their Centenary Championship in 1980) `The Margam Stones' (commissioned by West Glamorgan Youth Brass Band).
Gareth Wood has written Concertos for Trumpet (for James Watson) and Tuba (for John Fletcher) and a Concertino for E horn as well as a number of solos, some of which are included in the syllabus of The Associated Board and Trinity College of Music.
His compositions for orchestra and chamber music are widely known and admired. Gareth Wood also writes for wind band, and has a flair for writing for young players.