The Assumption

One of my favourite modern English composers, Geoffrey Burgon. Burgon composed The Assumption in 2001 it’s a deceptively simple piece of music in which each of the eminently singable four voice lines combine to produce a piece of music that greatly exceeds the sum of its parts. As well as being a lovely piece of music it shows Burgon’s abiding interest in and affinity with early English texts. Pre-reformation England was famous for its devotion to the Virgin Mary. This devotion was notable from the earliest times and long predated even Abbot Ælfric of Eynsham‘s sermons and the Blickling Homilies. The text ‘Come my swete, come my flower’ is early medieval and consists of a dialogue between Christ and his mother in which Christ calls her up to heaven and she responds with eagerness and love. It’s a charming setting of a charming text sung beautifully by the Wells Cathedral Choir conducted by Matthew Owens. Enjoy :-) .
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Geoffrey Burgon’s 75th Birthday today July 15th

Geoffrey Burgon would have been 75 today.  A new album is being produced of his works that will be part of many new releases in the future by this prolific and dynamic composer.  Keep in touch to hear the news and music you have never heard before.

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Song Book, Radio 3 Interview with Iain Burnside, about Emily Dickinson

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Emily Dickinson

During the archiving of Geoffrey’s recordings and manuscripts, we have found hundreds of books that he studied for his music, especially books of poetry.  Emily Dickinson was one of his favourite poets and he used her poems in many of his pieces.  He often remarked how her work was mystical. We found this book of her poems that is earmarked in several locations, a book well used by Geoffrey.  We will post a couple of these recordings for you to hear in the following weeks.

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Driving

Another shot of Geoffrey by his friend Martyn Goddard.  Geoffrey would savour a drive  in his Bristol after a days work on his composition.  It was one of his favourite ways to clear his mind and to come up with new ideas.

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Geoffrey shooting Bristols with Martyn Goddard

Geoffrey and Martyn Goddard would go on escapades with the Bristol of the moment.  They both had a fantastic time together on these photo journalistic  journeys.  Martyn photographed Geoffrey for most of his career and most of the photographs we upload on this site are by Martyn.

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Geoffrey Burgon’s Birthday

Celebrating Geoffrey’s 74th Birthday, July 15th.

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Dogs of War – Film Score Release

We are delighted to announce the release by La La Land Records of the  Film Music,  Dogs of War.  This is one brilliant film directed by John Irvin, who became good friends with Geoffrey.  Their collaborations had a magic that captured audiences around the world.  Their work together, remains timeless and has a powerful, riveting sophistication,  that is rarely achieved in cinema.  John always chooses the best actors and composers. On Dogs of War you will be able to see a very young Christopher Walken with a youthful buoyant score by Geoffrey.

We wanted to let you know how honoured we are to have released Geoffrey’s magnificent score! It is a wonderful piece of work and we are so excited to have produced this CD.

Warm Regards

MV Gerhard

Matt Verboys

La-La Land Records

http://www.lalalandrecords.com/Site/DogsOfWar.html

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Bobby Kok

The Burgon family sends their deepest condolences to Bobby Kok’s family. Bobby played on Brideshead Revisited as well as many of Geoffrey’s television compositions. You can also find him on some of the Beatles’, Stones’ and many famous film recordings.
Bobby was one of the founding members of the legendary Philharmonia Orchestra and the Principal Cellist for the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
He was a great friend to Geoffrey and the Burgons and will be greatly missed.
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Geoffrey Composing, 1985.

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