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John Wilson

Principal Conductor, Royal Northern Sinfonia
Principal Conductor, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin
Associate Guest Conductor, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra

  • A charismatic figure on the concert stage, John Wilson is known for the vivid nature of his interpretations and is applauded repeatedly for the rich and colourful sounds that he draws from orchestras in repertoire ranging from the core classical through to the twentieth century. An outstanding communicator and a recognised builder of audiences, Wilson has developed long-term affiliations with many of the UK’s major orchestras. In September 2015 he was appointed as the new Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra from 2016. He also holds the position of Principal Conductor of the Royal Northern Sinfonia and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin.

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  • Highlights of Wilson’s 2015/16 season include the continuation of his Vaughan Williams symphony cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra at London’s Royal Festival Hall, several concerts with the City of Birmingham Symphony, three concerts with the Royal Northern Sinfonia as part of the Sage Gateshead’s Classic FM Concert Series in a range of repertoire by Smetana, Rimsky-Korsakov, Elgar amongst others, and a performance and recording of Copland’s Organ Symphony with the BBC Philharmonic. Further afield he makes his debut with Sydney Symphony Orchestra in two contrasting programmes, one celebrating the great Hollywood classics and the other including Vaughan Williams’s Second Symphony.

    Wilson made his operatic debut in 2010 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at Opera North, and with the Philharmonia Orchestra he has conducted concert performances of Léhar’s The Merry Widow and Strauss’s Die Fledermaus. He has worked with some of the world’s finest singers, including Sir Thomas Allen, Joyce DiDonato, Simon Keenlyside and Renée Fleming and in the coming seasons he looks forward to his debut at Glyndebourne Opera.

    Wilson has a catalogue of over 40 recordings the most recent of which are a disc of Elgar’s The Spirit of England and With Proud Thanksgiving with the Philharmonia Orchestra and London Symphony Chorus on SOMM, and a disc of ballet suites by Copland with the BBC Philharmonic on Chandos, released in February 2016.

    Born in Gateshead, England, John Wilson studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music, where he was taught by Joseph Horovitz and Neil Thomson and where he won all the major conducting prizes, and in 2011 was made a Fellow. In 1994, Wilson formed his own orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, dedicated to performing film music of Hollywood’s golden age. As well as making an extensive tour of the UK with them every autumn, he appears annually with the orchestra at the BBC Proms, appearing twice in 2015 with programmes featuring songs popularised by Frank Sinatra and a Bernstein retrospective. John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra record exclusively for Warner Classics (formerly EMI Classics) and their performances are broadcast regularly and radio and television.

    2015/16 season / 455 words. Not to be altered without permission.


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The performances are superb. Wilson shows an instinctive flair for Copland's syncopated and changing rhythms, and brings out all the music's touches of broad humour and intimate poetry.

BBC Music Magazine

John Wilson conducted a fizzing, affectionate account of Vaughan Williams’ Wasps Overture. The strings sounded absolutely gorgeous inthe idyllic pastoral interlude and Wilson presided over a simply tremendous Elgar In the South Overture. He achieved heroics holding Belshazzar together and I heard him receiving plaudit after plaudit from orchestral players…

Birmingham Post

few conductors take more care than John Wilson over the sound they draw from an orchestra.... the wide-grained, flexible string tone; the glowing softness of the woodwinds; the brass by turns mellow and bandstand-brazen...

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