The World Rejoicing (Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale)

January 1, 2023

The World Rejoicing (Symphonic Variations on a Lutheran Chorale) has been declared the winner of ’Test Piece of the Year’ by the brass band website The work also received the same award in 2021 for its performances in the Netherlands and Switzerland. It was chosen out of nine other nominated works.

The World Rejoicing was commissioned as the set test piece for their national competitions by five European countries in 2019, but because of the pandemic all the national premieres were postponed for over two years. The world premiere eventually took place in the Netherlands in October 2021.…

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UK premiere of ‘The World Rejoicing’

September 15, 2022

Edward Gregson’s new work for brass band, The World Rejoicing, commissioned by the National Brass Band Associations of Belgium, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland and the UK, finally received its UK premiere at the 2022 British Open Championships, having been postponed for two years due to the Covid pandemic.  Referred to by various commentators as ‘Gregson’s superb score’ … ‘a masterful score’ … ‘wonderful music’ … there were also lengthier descriptions:

His is perhaps the foremost arc of compositional influence for the medium – one that he has helped to broaden exponentially with his clearly defined style of writing that intuitively

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Gregson to be interviewed on BBC Radio 3 prior to UK premiere of ‘The World Rejoicing’

September 7, 2022

Edward Gregson is to be interviewed on the BBC’s ‘In Tune’ programme by Katie Derham on Thursday 8 September at around 6.15 pm to talk about the UK premiere of his test piece The World Rejoicing (Symphonic Variations of a Lutheran Chorale) which is to take place at the British Open Brass Band Championship on 10 September at Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK.

Seventeen of the UK’s finest bands and the Paris Brass Band will each perform this test piece, which was due to be premiered at the British Open in 2020, but was postponed due to the Covid pandemic.

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Gregson on BBC Radio 3

March 11, 2022

BBC Radio 3’s Composer of the Week programme, which featured the music of Edward Gregson and his teacher, Alan Bush, is now available as a podcast on BBC Sounds (only available in the UK).

Click here to listen

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