PRS for Music/ESO Composing Competition

Four young composers (aged between 14 and 25) were selected as finalists in a competition to commemorate the centenary year of PRS for Music and the 20th anniversary of the English Schools’ Orchestra.

The compositions of all four finalists were performed by the English Young Artists’ Sinfonia at the Apothecaries Hall in London on 28 November. Edward Gregson chaired the jury, and the winner, Leo Geyer, a former student of the RNCM who studied with David Horne, received his the award from Prince David of Georgia.…

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Aztec Dances to be broadcast on BBC Radio 3

Album cover for GregsonEdward Gregson’s recent concerto for flute and ensemble, Aztec Dances, is to be broadcast next Tuesday 28 October at around 4.05 pm, on the BBC Radio 3 programme ‘Afternoon on 3’. The performers are Wissam Boustany (flute), with the BBC Philharmonic conducted by Bramwell Tovey. The same performers have recorded the work on Gregson’s latest CD on the Chandos label.

Aztec Dances was originally commissioned by Christopher Orton, with the assistance of the BBC Performing Arts Fund. The premiere was given by Christopher Orton (recorder) and Magdalena Nasidlak (piano) at a concert in the Manchester Midday Concerts series at …

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Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra perform Gregson

The famous Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra (TKWO), under the baton of Maestro Douglas Bostock, will be performing Edward Gregson’s evergreen symphonic suite ‘The Sword and the Crown’ this coming Sunday at Tokyo’s Metropolitan Hall. The TKWO have performed a number of Gregson’s wind repertoire in the past, as has Douglas Bostock, who in 2001 recorded his Concerto for Orchestra with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. The concert will be recorded for release on the Dennon-Columbia label for future release.…

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New Gregson orchestral work premiered in London

A new work, commissioned by the English Schools’ Orchestra and funded by PRS for Music, was premiered at a concert in London in November.

Remember, for baritone solo, children’s choir and orchestra, will be performed by the English Schools’ Orchestra, with Timothy Nelson (baritone) and the Southend Children’s Choir (Director Roger Humphrey, conducted by Robert Pepper.

This new work was commissioned to commemorate the centenary of the First World War, as well as the centenary of the Performing Rights Society, and the twentieth anniversary of the ESO. The premiere will take place in a concert at Cadogan Hall, London, …

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