Horn Concerto – broadcast of new version

Edward Gregson’s newly orchestrated version of his Horn Concerto is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 next Monday 20 January at 3pm. The soloist is Paul Klein with the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Takuo Yuasa.

The Horn Concerto is the first of Gregson’s concertos, written in 1971 and originally scored for brass band. It has been widely performed in that version, but the composer has long wanted to arrange a version for orchestra. That was realised as a result of a request from Paul Klein, principal horn of the Ulster Orchestra, and BBC Northern Ireland, and it duly received …

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Symphony in two movements: European premieres

Edward Gregson recently attended the Belgium premiere of his symphony for brass band. It was performed by Brass Band Buizingen, conducted by Luc Vertommen, as their own choice work at the Belgium National Championships. On the same weekend, the work received its Swiss premiere, and next month it will receive its premiere by a Norwegian band at the Norwegian Championships to be held at the Grieg Hall, Bergen.…

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Gregson to be honoured by the North American Brass Band Association (NABBA)

Edward Gregson is to be the featured composer at the forthcoming NABBA contest to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Saturday 12 April. His music has been chosen for each section of the national contest, with the championship section (where the finest brass bands in North America will be performing) setting his new Symphony in two movements as the test piece.

Edward Gregson will be attending the festival where he will be presented with the President’s Award for his outstanding contribution to the brass band repertoire.…

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Gregson in the recording studio

Edward Gregson recently spent three days in BBC Media City’s state of the art recording studio with the BBC Philharmonic and Bramwell Tovey, recording a new disc of his orchestral music (Volume 4 for the Chandos label). Included on the disc are two major orchestral works – Dream Song and Concerto for Orchestra – plus two concertos: those for flute and horn, with soloists Wissam Boustany and Richard Watkins.

The CD is due for release in July of this year.…

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