Brown Bread: Geoffrey Burgon

Former Python Terry Jones has written the composer’s obituary in the Grauniad.

Ever since John le Carré’s “Tinker Tailor” used Geoffrey Burgon’s Nunc Dimittis to introduce each episode I have loved this piece of music.

He also wrote the very attractive theme music for the ITV production of Brideshead Revisited. I have a tape of it somewhere – if I can just find something to play it on …

Good grief! I have just stumbled upon an EMI CD of Burgon’s vocal music recorded in 1988, featuring James Bowman, Charles Brett and the City of London Sinfonia under the late Richard Hickox. Completely forgot I had this!

Ashamed to say that I haven’t played it in years – I really must give it a try.

R.I.P. Geoffrey Burgon, composer, born 15 July 1941; died 21 September 2010

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