This cameo for cello and piano was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for the official departure of the UK from the European Union (EU) (January 31 2020). The composer had written Fanfare into Europe for the UK’s entry into the EEC in 1973, and Radio 4 used this as the opening music for Mark Mardell’s Brexit: A Love Story? – a series of 25 programmes documenting the sometimes troubled relationship between the UK and the EU. For Radio 4’s PM programme on 31 January 2020, the official date the UK left the EU, the producer wanted to return to the composer for a reflective piece to mark the occasion. Gregson decided to write a rather nostalgic cameo for cello and piano, with the cello reflecting the autumnal mood. As Stephen Moss, a Guardian journalist, commented: …. the cello’s plangent final notes speak eloquently of what is lost ….
cello and piano
First Performance: January 2020
BBC Studios Salford
Peter Dixon, cello, Edward Gregson, piano