Geoffrey Alan Burgon


Geoffrey Burgon

Award-winning composer Geoffrey Burgon was born in Hampshire in 1941 and is probably best known for his work as a TV and film composer. 

- A self-taught trumpet player, Burgon entered the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Under the tutelage of composer Peter Wishart, he soon found his interests shifting towards composition instead of playing.

- Dedicating himself to his craft, Burgon suffered years of poverty until critical success saw him cross over to a wider audience and financial stability. 

- So warm was the reception to his Requiem at the Three Choirs Festival in 1976 that he secured a number of compositions from a variety of organisations. 

- He won two Ivor Novello Awards for his TV work 

– 1979’s Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and Brideshead Revisited in 1981. - Among the films he scored was 1979’s controversial Monty Python’s Life of Brian. 

- He was nominated for a total of five BAFTAs and won the award for Best Original Television Music for Longitude (2001) and The Forsyte Saga (2003). 

- He died in 2010 after a short illness. 

Did You Know? 

Burgon scored the music for two Tom Baker-era Dr Who stories – Terror of the Zygons and The Seeds of Doom.


Top Burgon Pieces