Classical Music: Favourite premiere experiences of 2015

Robert Beale, music critic of the Manchester Evening News and a regular contributor to Classical Music magazine, chose Gregson’s String Quartet as one of his favourite premieres of 2015:
One new work I would certainly have put in this slot was Edward Gregson’s string quartet (premiered by the Navarra Quartet in January for Manchester Mid-day Concerts Society). It’s Gregson’s first piece in the genre, both gritty and serene, packed with ideas and giving the sense of a journey to a promised land.
Robert Beale: Classical Music, Dec 2015 
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BBC Symphony Orchestra to perform Gregson’s Piano Concerto

The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be performing Gregson’s Concerto for Piano and Wind (‘Homages’) at a Maida Vale Invitation Concert on Wednesday 6 January at 2.30pm. The piano soloist will be Ronan O’Hora, and the BBCSO will be conducted by Michael Collins (for whom Gregson wrote his Clarinet Concerto, and who is now forging an impressive career for himself as a conductor). The concert will be recorded for future broadcast on BBC Radio 3 in their ‘Afternoon on 3’ slot.

The sub-title of the concerto – ‘Homages’ – is a tribute to the various twentieth century composers whose piano concertos …

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