Anglia Ruskin launches new 'vibrant' music for 2009 graduation ceremonies

Published: 1 October 2009 at 12:46

New work for brass commemorates 150 years of Anglia Ruskin University

Edward Gregson, one of Britain’s most respected composers, has composed specially commissioned ceremonial music for use at Anglia Ruskin University’s graduation ceremonies.  The composition for brass quintet will be played for the first time during November’s graduations to help commemorate the 150th Year Anniversary of The Cambridge School of Art, founded by John Ruskin, which forms the institution we now know today. The official anniversary event was widely celebrated during 2008. 

Edward Gregson’s Ceremonial for Brass Quintet was written earlier this year and is typical of his fresh and distinct tonal voice. Better known in recent years for his concertos for various instruments, the main thread running through his early career was a series of innovative works for brass.

Speaking about the opportunity to create a piece of music for Anglia Ruskin, Edward Gregson said:

“When I was asked if I would be interested in writing a new ceremonial work to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of John Ruskin’s foundation of the Cambridge School of Art, I was delighted to be able to accept.  I have written a lot of music for wind and brass and so felt confident of writing a work suitable for a graduation - which is always such a memorable occasion, particularly of course for the students involved.”

“I hope that my new work reflects the confidence and optimism of a new-generation university such as Anglia Ruskin and that it will provide the right sense of occasion when it is performed in graduation ceremonies this November.  It is vibrant and energetic music but not without the ‘big tune’ that such ceremonies deserve.”

Added Professor Michael Thorne, Vice Chancellor, at Anglia Ruskin University:

“We are honoured that a composer of such international standing has produced this composition for us. Edward Gregson is someone who has written orchestral, chamber, instrumental and choral music as well as music for theatre, film and television and a composer that I admire greatly.”

“The composition has overtones of Sir William Walton’s brilliant ceremonial pieces. It is just perfect to give a sense of dramatic occasion to our future ceremonies.”

Anglia Ruskin University graduation ceremonies will see thousands of students pick up their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. The ceremonies will take place in Chelmsford and Cambridge during November.