The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble first performed together in 2005 as part of the Bath Festival, recreating some of the ‘Switched on Bach’ arrangements of Wendy Carlos in the Seventies. As one half of the electronic music sensation Goldfrapp, the keyboard-player and composer Will Gregory is one of the UK’s leading advocates of using synthesizers and electronic instruments to create new sounds and reinvent old ones. The band perform a mixture of specially composed music, transcriptions of classical works, and their own versions of music from popular culture and film scores.
The band draws on a pool of players, and usually appears with between 6 and 12 performers, depending on the music.
Will Gregory is a composer, producer, keyboardist and woodwind player. He studied music at York University, going on to tour as saxophonist with Tears for Fears. He worked with artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Tori Amos, London Sinfonietta and Portishead before teaming up with Alison Goldfrapp at the end of the 1990’s. He has written a number of works for silent film, including The Passion of Joan of Arc, and He Who Gets Slapped as well as BBC Radio 3 commissions for its Baroque Remixed series. His opera, Piccard in Space, premiered at QEH London in 2011 .
Ade Utley is a guitarist, producer, long time friend and collaborator with Will Gregory, maker of electronic music and owner of way too many classic synthesisers. As well as being a member of Portishead, his guitar orchestra recently recorded Terry Riley’s In C for Invada records and his score for the silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc (co-written with Will Gregory) is being performed around the world. Other collaborations include work with Sparklehorse, Patti Smith, Aphex Twin, Tom Jones, Massive Attack, Jeff Beck, PJ Harvey and Bat for Lashes.
Graham Fitkin is a UK composer. He has worked with orchestras such as RLPO, Halle, BBC Symphony, Tokyo Symphony and London Chamber Orchestra. He has composed for dance companies such as Shobana Jeyasingh, Wayne McGregor’s Random Dance, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet and Bi-Ma and collaborated with ensembles such as Fibonacci, Smith Quartet, Piano Circus, Ensemble Bash etc and has conducted orchestras in venues from Lincoln Center to South Bank to Aula Magna.
When not playing the synthesizer, Scottish harpist Ruth Wall performs as a soloist and in some of the most exciting ensembles and bands in the UK. She is regarded as one of the UK’s leading harpists – specializing in lever harp, buzzing Renaissance bray harp, Gaelic wire strung harp and concert harp. She recently toured to Japan, Australia, USA, Canada and throughout Europe and Scandinavia, including performances at the Lincoln Centre New York, Monza Milan, Spiral Hall Tokyo, Queen’s Hall Edinburgh, QEH in London and Krakow’s Steve Reich Festival.
Vyv Hope-Scott is a composer specialising in production music for TV and media as well as concert performance. Vyv studied Jazz piano at Leeds College of Music, and contemporary composition at Bristol University, writing for traditional and electronic instruments. He was session keyboardist for dance acts including Joey Negro and Colour Systems Inc in the nineties. His music has appeared in feature films, TV series, animated films, TV ads and corporate video soudtracks.
Simon Haram is the Principal Saxophonist with the London Sinfonietta, Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Academy of Music and a member of the Graham Fitkin Band. He plays regularly with all the London Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist all over the world. As well as his instrumental work, he runs Silent Age Sound, a recording and post production facility and has worked with a wide variety of groups and artists including Richard Rodney Bennett, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Nash Ensemble.
Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama Ross Hughes has shared the stage with the likes of the BBC Concert Orchestra, Charles Hazlewood, Keith Allen, David Tennant, Adrian Utley Guitar Orchestra, Peter Gabriel, Aphex Twin, Steve Reich, Graham Fitkin and Howard Goodall. He joined Portishead’s live band in 2013 and has recorded for Goldfrapp. Ross has composed for music production Libraries and also for BBC radio 4 drama, Cbeebies Interactive, The London Snorkelling Team, Filter Theatre and Fluidity Films. He also plays sax, clarinet, flute and guitar-like instruments.
Dan Moore has been an active musician since the age of 15. He studied 20th Century Music at Dartington College Of Arts. Primarily a keyboard player, Dan has toured internationally; performing with artists including Rodriguez (Searching For Sugarman), Percy Sledge, Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, Andy Sheppard, Tony Allen and Nostalgia 77. As a producer and songwriter, Dan has worked with Joss Stone, Tom Jones, Roni Size, Rumer and has co-written a single for Will Young.
Flautist, pianist and composer Eddie Parker has been central to some of the most significant jazz in the last 3 decades – Loose Tubes, the recently reformed anarchic UK big band; Bheki Mseleku, the enormously influential and internationally acclaimed South African jazz pianist; Django Bates’ Delightful Precipice, and many more. He leads Eddie Parker’s Mister Vertigo and Eddie Parker Quartet. Composition commissions include Radio 3 Jazz On 3 for Loose Tubes’ reunion, Apollo Sax Quartet Cartoons, recently released, Three Anagrams for Kurt Schwitters for percussion group Ensemble Bash.
Latest recruit to the Will Gregory Moog Ensemble, Georgie Ward is a pianist and composer who specialises in piano and synthesisers. After studying Music at the University of Bristol, Georgie went on to work as a music agent before turning back to her roots as a pianist. Her works for solo piano have been played on BBC Radio 3 and she is currently working on a debut album for solo piano and synthesisers. Georgie is an active accompanist and has toured across the UK and Europe in cross-genre projects. She also regularly performs with Charles Hazlewood’s Army of Generals and British Paraorchestra.