Edward Gregson: Aria for Philip, for Brass Quintet


Written in memory of Philip Jones, this short work was first performed at his memorial concert held at the Royal Northern College of Music in 2000. Scored for Brass Quintet, it was performed by former members of the Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.


  • 2 Trumpets in C
  • Horn in F
  • Trombone
  • Tuba


My friendship with Philip Jones stretched back to my student days, when my Quintet for Brass was performed during my final year at the Royal Academy of Music. Philip was present at that premiere in 1967, and soon after that his ensemble performed and broadcast the Quintet on a UK Tour, including a performance in the finals of the BBC Young Composer’s Competition.

I owe him a huge debt of gratitude for promoting a work by a then unknown young composer.
I use a brief quote from the opening of my 1967 Brass Quintet in this work, which is generally rather sombre in character, except for the sudden change of mood and tempo in the short final section, when the clouds suddenly lift and the sun shines through.

– Edward Gregson

This work has been commercially recorded on a critically acclaimed CD from London Brass on the Chandos label, available HERE.

For more information on Edward Gregson’s music please visit the composer’s website: www.edwardgregson.com

Additional information

Weight 0.50 kg
Dimensions 29.7 × 21 × 1 cm


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