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Keith Terrett

Keith Terrett

Keith Terrett (b.1956), is a composer and arranger born in London.

Keith joined the British Army at the age of fifteen, studying cornet at the Army band school in Bovington. At 18 he became the principal CornetTrumpet to the 'Band of the Queen's Royal Irish Hussars' (a cavalry regiment), stationed in West Germany. He has toured the USA, Canada, Northern Ireland, France, Belgium and Holland during his service.

During his time at Kneller Hall, Keith had the opportunity to study orchestration with Trevor Sharpe, and harmony and composition with Professor Gordon Reynolds and Peter Byrne. At Kneller Hall, Keith won the student march competition, and his march Class of '88 is now published in the USA by Echelon Music in Texas.

As a composerarranger Keith started arranging and composing while in the army, since working with children in schools, Keith has developed flexible orchestrations to suit each group he has led. Several of his flexible wind band arrangements are now available through Phoenix Music; and range from grade 1 to 6.

While living and working in Papua New Guinea as a 'Lecturer in Music' at the 'Faculty of Creative Arts', 'University of Papua New Guinea', and from 1994-99, 'Principal Director of Music' & 'Chief Instructor' to the world famous 'Band of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary', Keith collected folk songs from remote villages; and arranged them for band. Several of these works are now published in Holland by Dutch Music Partners.

After a brief spell teaching in the United Kingdom, Keith's interest in ethnomusicology took him to the Middle East for a year in 2000, to Kuwait City; giving him a chance to study Arabic music more closely.

From 2001-2006, Keith worked in Norway, where he was the town band music director. His first piece of original music was published in Norway, entitled 'The Gypsy Violinist in New Orleans'; by the Oslo classical music publisher 'Musikk-Huset A/S'. Keith has the honour of being the only British composer working for this publisher, and now has music for guitar, vibraphone, brass quartet and wind band published by them.

Keith's music is published in the United Kingdom, Canada, Holland, Switzerland, Germany, the USA, Sweden and Norway, and includes music for wind & brass band, music for brass & tuba quintet, flute & clarinet ensemble, to solo works for various brass, woodwind, tuned percussion and string instruments.

Bruno Uetz in Germany has just released Keith's unique version of 'Czardas' for various brass, woodwind and string instruments.

Keith has studied with, and gained academic musical qualifications from the Royal Military School of Music, Open University, Trinity College of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, and the Bandsman's College of Music in Manchester.

Visit the composer's site: and his Sibelius store.

Works on SXP

Keith's compositions and arrangements available on SXP include:

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