Michael Gray

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United Kingdom

I have 45 years professional experience in music. I am a graduate of the Open University with a BA in Humanities and a DipMus. I have been almost exclusively arranging for the Brass Band genre for about 23 years and am interested in enhancing the baroque and early music brass band repertoire, particularly in the intermediate to "challenging" grades. I am currently composing an opera on the tragedy "Medea" by Euripides. In the late 60s, I studied with three wonderful professors, Maurice Westerby and Stanley Mant (cello) and George Morgan (oboe). In the 70s I became staff arranger to the Scots Guards Band, producing scores for some of the many recordings made by the band during the halcyon days of the 70s and 80s. Also during the 70s, I was fortunate to work with some distinguished musicians on the pop scene, principally Ian MacDonald and Michael Giles (formerly of King Crimson) the legendary Steve Winwood and Mott the Hoople. I was appointed musical director of the Crystal Palace Band in 1987 and joined the staff of the Royal Academy of Music as the Events Manager. There I had the good fortune to work with Paul Patterson, assisting with the staging of the annual Contemporary Composer Festivals. I am still working as a conductor and arranger and am currently employed by Matrix ICT Services as a Curriculum ICT Specialist.

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