This is a remarkably individual composer who writes in the mainstream of 20th century English music …. He proves a superb craftsman, with great orchestral flair and genuine melodic gifts.
Edward Gregson is a composer of international standing, whose music has been performed, broadcast, and commercially recorded worldwide. He studied composition (with Alan Bush) and piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1963 to 1967 winning five prizes for composition. Since then he has worked solely to commission and has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music, as well as music for theatre, film and television.
His commissions have included orchestral music for many of the UK’s leading orchestras, with performances by many other orchestras and ensembles around the world. Of particular significance in his orchestral output is a series of concertos (for horn, tuba, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, piano, violin, saxophone, cello, flute, and oboe) which he commenced in 1970 and is still ongoing. In 2019 he was the recipient of an Ivors Composer Award for his Halle commission for children’s choir, narrators, and orchestra: ‘The Salamander and the Moonraker’, with story and text by his wife Susan Gregson. In 2020 he had further single composer CD releases of his music on the Chandos and Naxos labels. Gregson is also internationally renowned for his contributions to the wind and brass repertoire.
I have no hesitation in declaring Gregson to be one of the most significant British composers currently active in this country