Gregory Rose has composed orchestral, instrumental and choral music, most notably „Vespers for Mary Magdalen“, „It’s snowing“, „Earth Rituals“, „After Malevich“, „Dum transisset“, „Fanfare“, „Study: Protest & Survive“, „Birthday Ode for Aaron Copland“, „Tapiola Sunrise“, and „Missa Sancta Pauli Apostoli“ (winner of the Liturgical category of the 2006 British Composer Awards). More recent works: „Suite pour Cordes“, „Song of Solomon“, „Birdsongs for Loré“, „Five Schwitters Songs“ and „Violin Concerto“. His most ambitious project, the music-theatre piece „Danse macabre“, was premiered in Tallinn, Estonia in 2011 with the Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir and instrumental ensemble, and a much acclaimed CD with these forces was released on ‘Toccata Classics’ in 2015. There is also a YouTube video of the 2013 Tallinn performances. His music was featured in concerts at Texas Wesleyan University, USA, in 2014 & 2105, and the Southwestern Oklahoma State University in April 2016. He has composed more than 20 masses to date, as well as much liturgical music. Gregory‘s main publisher is Verlag Neue Musik and his pieces have also been published by OUP, Boosey & Hawkes, Novello, Colla Voce Music and Artaria Editions. In addition to the CD of „Danse macabre“ there have been two further releases of his music on Toccata Classics: selected choral music with the Latvian Radio Choir and orchestral music with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Recent premieres include „Boudica“ (percussion and piano) for George Barton and Siwan Rhys duo for the Presteigne Festival 2019 and a baritone and piano cycle „Sigiri Mirror Wall“ for Dhilan Gnanadurai, an Oboe Concerto and ‚Missa Sancti Spiritus Gildeford‘.
As a conductor, Gregory Rose is particularly noted for his performances of the romantic and contemporary repertoires, having conducted over a thousand premieres of orchestral, choral and ensemble works throughout Europe and the Far East. Orchestras include the Finnish Radio Symphony, St Petersburg Symphony, London Philharmonic and Polish National Radio Symphony orchestras, and the National Symphony Orchestras of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Eire, the BBC Concert Orchestra, and his own Jupiter Orchestra & Singers, the amplified vocal ensemble Singcircle and CoMA London Ensemble. He conducts annual liturgical masses for the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka that attract 3,000-4,000 people. Gregory has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including directing ‚Cage at 70‘, featuring Cage himself, and two years later ‚Reich at 50‘, both part of the Almeida Festival. He has directed over fifty performances of Stockhausen‘s „Stimmung“, including performing with the composer, as well as making an award-winning CD of the work in 1980, shortly after directing a performance at the BBC Promenade concerts. He collaborated on the premiere recording of John Cage’s „Song Books“ on the Sub Rosa label. He has conducted orchestral arrangements for Linda Ronstadt, Diana Ross and Madness.
In the field of opera and music theatre he has conducted performances of operas by Bizet, Scott Joplin, Igor Stravinsky, Samuel Barber, Virgil Thomson, Berthold Goldschmidt, Nino Rota, Gian Carlo Menotti, Malcolm Williamson, Toshio Hosokawa, and Poulenc and music-theatre works by Prokofiev, Luciano Berio, Peter Maxwell Davies, Jonathan Harvey and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2021 he will conduct the premiere of Edward Jessen‘s opera ‚Syllable‘. Gregory has worked closely with composers such as Stockhausen, Cage, Steve Reich, Lachenmann and Birtwistle and has participated in festivals throughout Europe, including two BBC Promenade concerts with Singcircle. He has recorded for many international television and radio stations, and has made highly acclaimed recordings for Chandos, Hyperion, Wergo, Continuum, October Music, Toccata Classics, Dacapo and Naxos. He has been a staff conductor at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance since 1996.