Edward Gregson, composer
Like the Overture: Comedy by Ireland, this concerto was originally
composed for brass band, though it is now available in wind band and
It was commissioned by the Besses o' th' Barn Band, with funds provided by
the Arts Council of Great Britain.
It is dedicated to John Fletcher, who gave the first performance of the wind
band version at Grieg Hall, Bergen, Norway, in 1984.
The concerto is in the usual quick-slow-quick pattern; the first
movement uses two contrasting themesone rhythmic, the other lyrical;
the second movement is a long cantabile melody for the soloist; and the
last movement is a rondo with two themes, one broad and the other is
jazz-like in style.