Premiere of ‘The World Rejoicing’ is postponed for a year -

The premiere of Edward Gregson’s test piece The World Rejoicing, commissioned by five countries for their National Brass Band competitions, has been postponed for a year because of the ongoing uncertain situation with the Covic-19 pandemic.  The premiere will now take place in Birmingham (at The British Open) in September 2021, followed by the various … Continued

Edward Gregson to appear on BBC Radio 3’s ‘In Tune’ programme -

Edward Gregson will be interviewed by Sean Rafferty on BBC Radio 3’s live drive-time programme, In Tune, on Wednesday 16 September at approximately 17.15. The programme is streamed live on the BBC Radio 3 website and will be available as ‘audio on demand’ for 30 days after the broadcast

New CD released on the Naxos label -

Edward Gregson’s new Naxos CD recording, Complete Music for Solo Piano is being released today and features celebrated pianist Murray McLachlan (making his debut on the Naxos label).  The recording was made at The Stoller Hall in Manchester in January 2020. Murray McLachlan says of Edward Gregson’s piano music that ‘he knows the importance of … Continued

BBC Radio 3’s Afternoon Concerts to feature Gregson works -

BBC Radio 3 is to broadcast two concerts featuring works by Edward Gregson performed by the BBC Philharmonic and conducted by Ben Gernon. On Monday 29 June you can hear a performance of the Euphonium Concerto with soloist David Childs, and on Tuesday 30 June the premiere performance of A Vision in a Dream (concerto … Continued

‘Music of the Angels’ – new CD release -

Edward Gregson’s new CD, Music of the Angels – works for Symphonic Brass and Percussion, is to be released on Friday 27 March on the Chandos label. This new CD was recorded at the Henry Wood Hall in London last June, and features London Brass, joined by a line-up of many of the top professional … Continued

Notes Between Friends – a piece to mark the UK leaving the EU -

Edward Gregson has composed ‘Notes Between Friends’, commissioned by the BBC for Radio 4’s PM programme, a piece he says has both European and British dimensions. In 1973, Gregson wrote a brass piece named ‘Fanfare for Europe’ when the UK joined the EU’s forerunner the European Economic Community.  He says this new work, written to … Continued

Success at The Ivors! -

Photo: Mark Allan Edward Gregson has won the award in the category of original composition for ‘Amateur or Young Performers’ at The Ivors Composer Awards 2019, for The Salamander and the Moonraker – An Adventure Story in Music, which received its premiere in July 2018 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, performed by the Hallé … Continued

2020: Gregson’s 75th birthday year -

Read more about the preparations to mark Edward Gregson’s 75th birthday year in this article published by his publisher, Novello. Edward Gregson 75 in 2020

RNCM Brass Band Festival 2020 celebrates Edward Gregson’s 75th birthday -

RNCM Brass Band Festival: 24-26 January 2020 The 2020 RNCM Brass Band Festival will feature several works by Edward Gregson (see below), marking the start of his 75th birthday year.  Some of the best bands and finest brass soloists in the world will perform at this popular annual event in Manchester, and the programme will … Continued

Gregson’s ‘The Salamander and the Moonraker’ nominated for Ivors Composer Award -

Edward Gregson’s enchanting work, The Salamander and the Moonraker (An Adventure Story in Music), has been nominated for The Ivors Composer Awards 2019 (formerly British Composer Award) in the ‘Amateur or Young Performers’ category. The story tells of the adventures of some children caught up in the magical realms beyond Earth who are transported into … Continued

World premiere of Gregson’s Oboe Concert -

The world premiere of Edward Gregson’s new work, ‘A Vision in a Dream – Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra’, a BBC commission, is to take place on Saturday 8 February 2020 in Leeds Town Hall and marks the composer’s 75th birthday later in the year. It will be performed the BBC Philharmonic with Principal Oboe, … Continued

Gregson speech strikes major chord at BBE Conference -

Edward Gregson made a recent appearance as the Keynote Speaker at the first annual conference of Brass Bands England, the representative body for brass bands in England, and partly funded by Arts Council England. Gregson has been an important advocate for brass bands throughout his career, and of course is widely regarded as one of … Continued

New Gregson CD project details announced -

A new CD of the music of Edward Gregson is to be recorded in June at the Henry Wood Hall in London, on the Chandos Records label. Entitled Music for Symphonic Brass and Percussion, it will feature two large-scale works: Symphony in two movements and Music of the Angels, together with various fanfares written over … Continued

Groundbreaking European consortium commission announced -

Groundbreaking European consortium commission announced Edward Gregson will celebrate his 75th birthday in July 2020, and in a unique collaboration between five European partner countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK) the composer has been commissioned to write a new work for their National brass band competitions in 2020/2021 – a fitting tribute … Continued

Swiss Premiere of Gregson’s Saxophone Concerto with Jess Gillam -

Edward Gregson‘s Saxophone Concerto is to be given its Swiss premiere by the young and highly-acclaimed British saxophonist Jess Gillam. She joins the Argovia Philharmonic and their chief conductor Douglas Bostock in three concerts beginning on 23 September  at the Kultur & Kongresshaus, Aarau and the Trafo-Halle, Baden. The concerto will form part of an all-English program … Continued

World premiere of The Salamander and the Moonraker (An Adventure Story in Music) -

The Hallé Orchestra and Children’s Choir will perform the world premiere of The Salamander and the Moonraker (An Adventure Story in Music) on Sunday 1 July at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Finding the correct balance between the forces in this large-scale piece is just one of the challenges relished by its composer, Edward Gregson. You … Continued