Bourgeois was born in Kingston
on Thames in 1941.†† He graduated from Cambridge University
with a first class honours degree in music, and a
subsequent Doctorate.†† He spent two
years at the Royal College of Music where he studied composition with Herbert
Howells and conducting with Sir Adrian Boult.
composed one hundred and thirteen symphonies, seventeen concertos, several
other extended orchestral works, seven major works for chorus and orchestra,
two operas and a musical.†† As well as a
considerable quantity of chamber,†† vocal
and instrumental music, he has composed fifteen extended works for Brass Band
and seven symphonies for Symphonic Wind Orchestra.†† He has also written a considerable amount of
music for television productions.
From 1970 to
1984 he was a Lecturer in Music at Bristol
University.†† He was the conductor of the Sun Life Band
from 1980 until 1983, and during the same period was Chairman of the Composersí
Guild of Great Britain, and a member of the Music Advisory Panel of the Arts
Council. In September 1984 he gave up his university post to become the Musical
Director of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain.†† In 1988 he founded the National Youth
Chamber Orchestra of Great Britain which held its first course in the summer of
1989.†† In 1990 he was appointed Artistic
Director of the Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra.
He left the
National Youth Orchestra in August 1993 to become the Director of Music of St
Paul's Girls' School in London.
†He retired to Mallorca
in July 2002. In Spring 2009 he moved back to Dorset in England and is now
married to Norma, who was born in the Philippines, educated in Hawaii and
worked as Administrator to the Vassar College Department of History for nearly
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