William Owen "Will" Gregory (born 17 September 1959) is a keyboard/synthesizer player, producer and composer/songwriter. He is best known as lead keyboardist, producer and composer of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp.
Life and career
Gregory was born in Bristol, England. He is the son of an actress and an opera chorus-line singer. He was a Western orchestral/chamber music student at the University of York. In the 1980s, he predominantly recorded and toured with Tears for Fears.
In the 1990s, Gregory performed with artists including: Peter Gabriel, The Cure, fellow-Bristolians Portishead, playing oboe for Tori Amos and recording with Paula Rae Gibson. In 1991, played saxophone with the London Sinfonietta for the Paris début of John Adams's opera Nixon in China. In 1999, vocalist Alison Goldfrapp and Gregory formed the duo Goldfrapp. The pairing has led to international critical, popular and commercial success.
In the 2000s, as well as Goldfrapp activities, he played saxophone on Portishead's 2008 album Third (tracks "Magic Doors" and "Threads").
On 31 March 2011, Gregory's first opera, Piccard in Space, premièred at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. The Hattie Naylor's libretto, focused on Auguste Piccard/Paul Kipfer's first balloon assent, plus the theories of Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, both of whom are characterised in the drama. The reviews were generally hostile.
On 11 March 2013, a newly commissioned baroquesque Gregory work (for orchestra and Moog, based on a sarabande of Johann Sebastian Bach), was performed at The Roundhouse, London. The performance was part of BBC Radio 3's Baroque Remixed series, which also included a piece by Matthew Herbert.
Gregory's other saxophone work includes playing with Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Spiritualized and Michael Nyman.