Wilmslow Symphony Orchestra

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King Stephen

Violin Concerto No 2

Symphony No 1

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Orchestra in concert

Orchestra plays Edward Gregson composition

The orchestra was delighted to play a work by its president, Edward Gregson, in the October concert.

Edward is a composer of international standing whose music has been performed, broadcast and recorded worldwide. He has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music, as well as music for the theatre, film and television.

He retired from an academic career in music in the summer of 2008, latterly as Principal of the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He has been honoured with many Doctorates and Fellowships from English universities and conservatoires.

Edward has been president of the orchestra for several years and his work 'Concerto for Orchestra', written as a display piece for orchestra, was performed with much enthusiasm.

Concerto for orchestra was commissioned by the National Centre for Orchestral Studies and was first performed by their symphony orchestra in May 1983. A revised version, under the title of Contrasts - a concerto for orchestra was given its premiere by the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain in Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, in 1989. A final revision was made in 2001 for the recording by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

The photos also show Ken Woods who conducted the concert.