Norwegian National Brass Band Championships 2015

In February 2015, Edward Gregson will be the guest of the Norwegian Band Federation at the National Brass Band Championships to be held in Bergen. His work Of Distant Memories has been chosen as the test piece for the competition.

Edward has enjoyed a close relationship over many years with Norwegian musicians. Standards in the brass band scene in Norway are the strongest in Europe, so this invitation is a fitting celebration of this collaboration. …

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2015 is Edward Gregson’s 70th Birthday Year!

In July 2015, Edward Gregson will celebrate his 70th birthday, and this special year starts with a world première and a festival featuring six Gregson works.

The String Quartet, Gregson’s first, was commissioned by Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society to mark its centenary. It is a substantial work, lasting some 25 minutes, and is in three movements, the middle movement having the sub-title ‘Fantasia on a Chorale’. In the composer’s words ‘it returns to the models of late Beethoven and Bartok in its use of tightly controlled counterpoint, textural adventure, and structural unity.

The Navarra String Quartet will give …

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Fanfare for PL

Edward Gregson has been commissioned by Paul Lee, High Sheriff of Manchester, to write a fanfare to be performed at a special lunch for all former High Sheriffs of Manchester, on 30 November at Chetham’s School of Music.

Fanfare for PL was performed by six young brass players, all of whom are students at Chetham’s. …

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MPA Christmas Lunch

Edward Gregson’s Flourish for an Occasion, scored for three trumpets and three trombones, will be performed by members of the Band of the Coldstream Guards, at the Music Publishers Association (MPA) Christmas Lunch, to be held at the Dorchester Hotel, London on 19 December.

The MPA Christmas Lunch is one of the longest established and most eagerly anticipated dates in the music industry calendar.…

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