The Festivo was commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the Bolton (U.K.) Youth Concert Band in 1985. English composer Edward Gregson is currently on the faculty at the University of London and the Royal Academy of Music. Highly regarded as a conductor of contemporary music, he has earned particular acclaim for his works for wind and brass ensembles. --James Huff 05:58, 23 November 2008 (UTC) (from the program notes of The Claremont Winds, submitted with permission)