Will Gregory

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other people of the same name, see William Gregory (disambiguation).
Will Gregory
Birth name William Owen Gregory
Born (1959-09-17) 17 September 1959 (age 56)
Bristol, England
Genres Electronic, synthpop, Western orchestral / chamber
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Keyboard, synthesizer, oboe, saxophone
Years active 1981–present
Labels Mute
Associated acts Tears for Fears, Goldfrapp

William Owen "Will" Gregory (born (1959-09-17)17 September 1959) is an English musician and record producer. He is best known as the lead keyboardist, producer, and composer of the electronic music duo Goldfrapp.

Early life[edit]

Gregory was born in Bristol,[1] the son of an actress and an opera chorus-line singer. He was a Western orchestral / chamber music student at the University of York.[2]


In the 1980s, Gregory predominantly recorded and toured with Tears for Fears.[3]

In the 1990s, Gregory performed with artists including Peter Gabriel, The Cure, and Portishead, as well as playing oboe for Tori Amos and recording with Paula Rae Gibson.[4] In 1991, he played saxophone with the London Sinfonietta for the Paris début of John Adams's opera Nixon in China.[5] In 1999, vocalist Alison Goldfrapp and Gregory formed the duo Goldfrapp. The pairing has led to international critical, popular, and commercial success.[6]

In the 2000s, as well as Goldfrapp activities, he played saxophone on Portishead's 2008 album Third (on the tracks "Magic Doors" and "Threads").

On 31 March 2011, Gregory's first opera, Piccard in Space, premiered 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 negative.[7]

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 in London. The performance was part of BBC Radio 3's Baroque Remixed series, which also included a piece by Matthew Herbert.[8]

Gregory's other saxophone work includes playing with Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Spiritualized, and Michael Nyman.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Will Gregory". IMDB. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Will Gregory composes debut opera for BBC Concert Orchestra: Piccard In Space". BBC. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  3. ^ http://www.willgregorymoogensemble.co.uk/players/
  4. ^ "Biography of Paula Rae Gibson". Jazz CDs. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Goldfrapp’s Will Gregory tackles opera with Picaard in Space". The Times. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  6. ^ Raphael, Amy (16 October 2015). "A siren sings". Guardian. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 
  7. ^ 1 April 2011 press on Piccard in Space, included: "Gregory Piccard in Space, Queen Elizabeth Hall - Reviews - Classical - The Independent". The Independent. 1 April 2011. ; "Piccard in Space, Queen Elizabeth Hall, review - Telegraph". The Telegraph. 1 April 2011.  and "Piccard in Space, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London - FT.com". Financial Times. 1 April 2011. (subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ "Baroque Remixed - Part 2". bbc.co.uk. 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Will Gregory Moog Ensemble" (PDF). Barbican. Retrieved 19 November 2015. 

External links[edit]