Geoffrey Burgon (July 15, 1941 – September 21, 2010), composer & trumpeter.

Geoffrey Burgon was an important British composer, best known for his television and film scores. He started out as a jazz trumpeter, but soon realized that “I wasn’t going to be the next Miles Davis,” and turned to composing. He wrote several concert and stage works, with many works inspired by the novels of Charles Dickens (incidental music for productions of Martin Chuzzlewit, Nicolas Nickleby, Bleak House, and the opera Hard Times). He also wrote an impressive body of sacred works, including his highly successful Requiem. He was awarded the prestigious Ivor Novello award twice. His greatest successes came from his film and TV scores which include Dr. Who, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy; Brideshead Revisited, The Forsyte Saga, and the original BBC/Wonderworks productions of C.S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia. He fondly recalled that while he was standing in a store checkout line:

“A little girl about 10 years old started singing the theme from Narnia and I thought, ‘Wow, that is really nice.’ “