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Upon graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Geoffrey Burgon spent several years earning his living as a jazz trumpeter. However the critical success of his Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival in 1976 sealed his reputation as a composer and led to many commissions from major organisation. Continuing the tradition established by Benjamin Britten, Burgon's fluent and effortless language is particularly well suited to the voice and he had a long-standing collaboration with counter-tenor James Bowman. Burgon also had considerable success writing for film and television and twice received both BAFTA and Ivor Novello Awards.