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Biography

Anne Gregson is an English composer born in 1953. She has lived in Bradford on Avon since 1989. She studied music as a mature student at Bath Spa University gaining a first class honours and is currently studying for an Masters degree in composition there. She has studied under James Saunders, Joe Duddell, Jeff Boehm and Nick Atkinson.

During her time at the university she has composed some fairly major pieces including an opera, ‘Make Room for Mummers’ which she also directed. It has been performed by the Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company at Bath Fringe Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival and Bradford Roots Festival. Other works have been performed by the violinist Darragh Morgan, Plus Minus Ensemble and the Kreutzer String Quartet. She also worked on a composition as part of a small group of musicians including the composer Judith Weir which they premiered at Bath International Music Festival in 2010.

She has always been fascinated by traditional folk music and song and this has been a major influence on much of her music which tends in the main to be very melodic. However her university studies have led her to explore other musical horizons and compositional techniques enabling her to expand her style. She has been writing songs and tunes since childhood and finds that melodies frequently come to her quite naturally. Her main instrument is her voice although she also plays English concertina and violin.

She is an active performer in folk clubs and festivals where she sings a mixture of her own songs and traditional folk songs. She won the 1991 Sidmouth Singer competition for performance of an unaccompanied folk song. As well as solo performances she also performs as part of a duo with her husband Chris Timson with whom she has toured in the USA several times singing in unaccompanied harmony and with concertinas. She also performs with the Bath City Jubilee Waits. Together with her husband, Chris, she leads two English folk music sessions, on alternate Mondays in Bradford on Avon and alternative Wednesdays in Bath.

Anne has researched and produced a published thesis on English Christmas carols. Together with a few friends, including local choir leaders, she founded the Bradford on Avon Carollers who sing unusual carols in the pubs of Bradford on Avon. She introduced the singers to many carols from the West Country which she discovered as part of her research. She also leads the band of musicians who accompany them. She has also put together a database of folk songs collected in her local area of Wiltshire and Somerset.

A Brief Summary

Anne Gregson is an English composer born in 1953. She gained a 1st class degree in music from Bath Spa University where she is now taking a Masters in composition, studying with James Saunders and Joe Duddell.

Major works include an opera, ‘Make Room for Mummers’ which has been performed at three festivals to date by the Fiery Dragon Folk Opera Company. Other works have been performed by the violinist Darragh Morgan, Plus Minus Ensemble and the Kreutzer String Quartet. She has worked with Judith Weir on a piece premiered at Bath International Music Festival.

A major influence is traditional music and song though her university studies have led her to explore other musical horizons and compositional techniques.