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Edward Gregson

Born: 1945

Nationality: British

Publisher: Novello & Co

Photo © Simon McComb

Edward Gregson (born 1945) is a composer of international standing, whose music has been performed, broadcast, and commercially recorded worldwide. He studied composition (with Alan Bush) and piano at the Royal Academy of Music from 1963 to 1967 winning five prizes for composition. Since then he has worked solely to commission and has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music, as well as music for theatre, film and television.

His commissions have included, amongst others, orchestral music for the English Chamber Orchestra, the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, the BBC Philharmonic, and the Hallé, with performances by many other orchestras and ensembles around the world. Of particular significance in his orchestral output is a series of concertos (for horn, tuba, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, piano, violin, saxophone, cello and flute) which he commenced in 1970 and is still ongoing. His most recent work for large orchestra, Dream Song, was commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for the 2010 ’Mahler in Manchester’ Festival, and premiered by the BBC Philharmonic under Gianandrea Noseda to great critical acclaim. It has been recorded on the Chandos label on a recently released fourth volume of his orchestral works. Gregson is also internationally renowned for his contributions to the wind and brass repertoire.

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