John Wilson
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1972
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John Wilson

John Wilson Biography (BBC)

John Wilson is known for the vivid nature of his interpretations colourful sounds that he draws from orchestras in repertoire ranging from the core classical through to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Wilson has developed long-term affiliations with many of the UK’s major orchestras and festivals, and in 16/17 he became the Associate Guest Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, conducting them regularly across Scotland as well as at the BBC Proms and Aldeburgh Festival.

In recent seasons Wilson has made his debut with many major orchestras including Oslo Philharmonic, Gothenburg Symphony, Budapest Festival Orchestra, Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and further afield he has twice been to Australia to conduct the Sydney Symphony. In 2016 he made his opera debut with Glyndebourne Festival Opera to great critical acclaim, described as a “sensational success” by Opera Magazine, conducting the theatre’s first ever Madama Butterfly in a new production for their autumn tour.

In 1994, Wilson formed his own orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, dedicated to performing music from the golden age of Hollywood and Broadway; for the past decade he has been performing with them annually at the BBC Proms and touring regularly across the UK. John Wilson and the John Wilson Orchestra record exclusively for Warner Classics (formerly EMI Classics) and their performances are broadcast regularly on television and radio.

Wilson has a large catalogue of recordings with a range of orchestras. Recent recordings are three volumes of symphonic works by Copland with the BBC Philharmonic, described by Gramophone as “outstanding”, and two volumes of works by Richard Rodney Bennett with the BBC Scottish Symphony.

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.


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Richard Rodney Bennett
Celebration for Orchestra
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Celebration for Orchestra
Cole Porter
High society (Overture)
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High society (Overture)
Aaron Copland
Connotations
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Connotations
George Butterworth
English Idyll no. 1
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English Idyll no. 1
Aaron Copland
Symphony No.3 (Original version): IV. Fanfare
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Symphony No.3 (Original version): IV. Fanfare
Richard Rodney Bennett
Sea Change
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Sea Change
Jonathan Dove
The Passing of the Year
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The Passing of the Year
Aaron Copland
Symphony No. 3 iv) Molto Deliberato (Freely, at First)
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Symphony No. 3 iv) Molto Deliberato (Freely, at First)
George Gershwin
I Got Rhythm (An American in Paris)
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I Got Rhythm (An American in Paris)
Saul Chaplin
Barn Dance (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
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Barn Dance (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers)
Richard Rodgers
You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)
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You'll Never Walk Alone (Carousel)
Aaron Copland
Billy the Kid: Suite
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Billy the Kid: Suite
Edward Elgar
Salut d'amour
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Salut d'amour
Arnold Bax
The Happy Forest, Symphonic Poem
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The Happy Forest, Symphonic Poem
William Walton
Scapino (Overture)
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Scapino (Overture)
Eric Coates
Cinderella: A Phantasy
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Cinderella: A Phantasy
George Butterworth
Two English Idylls
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Two English Idylls
Aaron Copland
An Outdoor Overture (Saga of the prairies)
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An Outdoor Overture (Saga of the prairies)
Benjamin Britten
Sea Interludes
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Sea Interludes
Richard Rodney Bennett
Concerto for Stan Getz for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra
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Concerto for Stan Getz for Tenor Saxophone and Orchestra
Aaron Copland
Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes, Hoe-down
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Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes, Hoe-down
Leonard Bernstein
Halil nocturne
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Halil nocturne
Aaron Copland
An Outdoor Adventure
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An Outdoor Adventure
Eric Coates
Concert Waltz 'Footlights'
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Concert Waltz 'Footlights'
Ralph Vaughan Williams
English Folk Song Suite
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English Folk Song Suite
Leonard Bernstein
On the Town
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On the Town

On the Town

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George Gershwin
Oh, Lady be Good
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Oh, Lady be Good
Eric Coates
Mayfair (London Again)
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Mayfair (London Again)
Richard A. Whiting
Hooray for Hollywood (Hollywood Hotel)
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Hooray for Hollywood (Hollywood Hotel)
Angela Morley
A Canadian in Mayfair
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A Canadian in Mayfair
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Symphony no 5 in D major
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Symphony no 5 in D major
Aaron Copland
Suite, Appalachian Spring
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Suite, Appalachian Spring
Aaron Copland
Down a Country Lane
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Down a Country Lane
Aaron Copland
Letter From Home
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Letter From Home
Aaron Copland
Symphony No 1
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Symphony No 1
Aaron Copland
Dance Symphony
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Dance Symphony
Aaron Copland
Symphony no 3
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Symphony no 3
Edward German
Nell Gwyn (Overture)
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Nell Gwyn (Overture)
Edward Elgar
Carissima
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Carissima
Benjamin Britten
Diversions
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Diversions
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Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: An Afternoon of Coates
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MediaCityUK, Salford
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BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: Afternoon Performance: John Wilson Conducts Rachmaninov
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Glasgow City Halls
2019-03-07T21:08:37
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BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: BBC SSO in Inverness
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Eden Court, Inverness
2019-03-08T21:08:37
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BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-04-13T21:08:37
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Upcoming Events

15
Dec
2018
John Wilson, The John Wilson Orchestra
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK
4
Apr
2019
John Wilson, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and James Ehnes
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
6
Apr
2019
John Wilson, City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, James Ehnes and CBSO Chorus
Symphony Hall, Birmingham, UK
18
Apr
2019
John Wilson, Orchestra Of The Age Of Enlightenment, Simon Butteriss and Louise Alder
Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: John Wilson’s Roman Festival
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Glasgow City Halls
2018-11-29T21:08:37
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29
Nov
2018
BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: John Wilson’s Roman Festival

BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: John Wilson’s Roman Festival

Glasgow City Halls
Proms 2018: Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-25T21:08:37
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25
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town

Proms 2018: Prom 57: John Wilson conducts Bernstein's On the Town

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Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2018: Prom 39: West Side Story
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-11T21:08:37
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11
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 39: West Side Story

Proms 2018: Prom 39: West Side Story

20:00
Royal Albert Hall
Proms 2018: Prom 38: West Side Story
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Royal Albert Hall
2018-08-11T21:08:37
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11
Aug
2018
Proms 2018: Prom 38: West Side Story

Proms 2018: Prom 38: West Side Story

Royal Albert Hall
BBC Singers 2017-18 Season: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo
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Milton Court Concert Hall
2018-06-23T21:08:37
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23
Jun
2018
BBC Singers 2017-18 Season: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

BBC Singers 2017-18 Season: Captain Noah and his Floating Zoo

Milton Court Concert Hall

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