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Geoffrey Burgon

Publisher: Chester Music to appeal to both the commercial and the purist markets. In the latter he was even more remarkable by swimming successfully against the modernist tide that dominated serious music-making in the 1970s and 1980s. His music ... was invariably accessible and tuneful. Evocative and somewhat wistful in character, it conjured up an atmosphere of nostalgia, depicting a sepia scene of a gone but not forgotten era of English life. - The Telegraph

Geoffrey Burgon enjoyed the kind of popular success that most classical composers can only dream about. [His] music for concert-hall and church is astonishing in both its quantity and quality. - Martin Anderson, The Independent
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Career Highlights:
  • 2002 wrote music for The Forsyte Saga television series
  • 2001 wrote Heavenly Things, commissioned by the BBC for baritone Christopher Maltman
  • 1997 premiere of City Adventures, percussion concerto for Evelyn Glennie at BBC Proms
  • 1981 Ivor Novello Award for score to Granada television series Brideshead Revisited
  • 1979 Ivor Novello Award for score to BBC television series Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
  • 1976 first breakthrough with Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival
  • 1974 ballet The Calm for London Contemporary Dance Theatre, first of many dance scores

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