Professor Edward Gregson

Professor Edward Gregson

Edward Gregson

Name: Professor Edward Gregson

Role: Former RNCM Principal (1996 – 2008), Emeritus Professor, Companion and Fellow

About: Edward Gregson was appointed Principal of the RNCM in 1996 following the retirement of Sir John Manduell and remained in post until 2008. During his leadership, the College celebrated some incredible achievements, including winning two consecutive Queen’s Anniversary Prizes for Higher Education, establishing the RNCM Gold Medal (our highest prize for performance and composition), launching the RNCM Chamber Music Festival and transferring the Brass Band Festival from the BBC to the RNCM, welcoming our first International Visiting Artists, developing our international student recruitment with visits to European and Far East conservatoires, and enrolling students from China for the first time. Edward was also instrumental in the development and implementation of significant building projects, including our Hall of Residence, Library Building, Oxford Road Wing, and a number of teaching rooms and studios.

Did you know? A multiple award-winner, Edward is an internationally renowned composer, with commissions, recordings and performances from many international orchestras, ensembles, and soloists. During his final year as Principal, the RNCM Symphony Orchestra and Choir, conducted by Clark Rundell, performed his large-scale choral symphony The Dance, forever the Dance, at The Bridgewater Hall.

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