Gregson’s new piece – a tribute to composer Anthony Gilbert

March 19, 2024

Edward Gregson’s new piece for solo oboe, A Song for Tony, is to be premiered by Richard Simpson (former principal oboe with the BBC Symphony Orchestra) at a concert to celebrate the life and work of composer Anthony (Tony) Gilbert, on 13 April, 2024.

Tony was the first Head of Composition at the RNCM in Manchester from 1973 until his retirement in 1999, and was a prolific composer who championed new music in Manchester for over 50 years – he was an active committee member of the Society for the Promotion of New Music and the New Music Panel of …

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Gregson to join jury for the European Composers Competition

March 1, 2024

Edward Gregson will be travelling to Palanga, Lithuania, at the beginning of May to participate in the European Brass Band Festival. He will be a member of the jury for the European Composer’s Competition to be held on the evening of 2 May 2024 in the Concert Hall, Palanga. He will also be presiding over a seminar for Lithuanian composers on the topic of ‘Composing for Brass Bands’. For this he will be joined by two other well known composers for the medium: fellow English composer Philip Sparke and Swiss composer Oliver Waespi. Each will present a 45 minute talk …

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Edward Gregson’s ‘Of Men and Mountains’ at 2023 National Brass Band Championship

October 18, 2023

Internationally renowned for his contributions to wind and brass repertoire, Edward Gregson has long waited for the moment his work Of Men and Mountains would make its way to its originally-intended destination, the Royal Albert Hall in London. Gregson composed the work with the 1991 National Brass Band Championship Final in mind, but it was abandoned by the contest’s organiser due to its 17-18 minutes duration.

Having been chosen as the test piece for the 2023 Championship Final, on October 21 the work will be performed by 20 of Great Britain’s finest brass bands in the generous acoustic of the …

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World premiere of Gregson’s Viola Concerto ‘Three Goddesses’

August 25, 2023

The first performance of Edward Gregson’s  Viola Concerto ‘Three Goddesses’ will be given on Saturday 26 August at the Presteigne Festival.  Rachel Roberts (viola) will be accompanied by the Presteigne Festival Orchestra, conducted. by George Vass.

The Presteigne Festival brings together a richly diverse programme, created and curated in partnership with an eclectic community of composers, musicians and artists, and located in the unspoilt beauty of the Welsh Marches.


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