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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Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Symphony in F sharp, Op 40: Finale; Allegro
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Symphony in F sharp, Op 40: Finale; Allegro
Eric Coates
Television March
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Television March
Richard Rodney Bennett
Reflections on a 16th Century Tune
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Reflections on a 16th Century Tune
Bronislau Kaper
Auntie Mame
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Auntie Mame
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Straussiana
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Straussiana
Harold Arlen
Get Happy (Summer Stock)
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Get Happy (Summer Stock)
Cole Porter
High society (Overture)
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High society (Overture)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
English Folk Song Suite
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English Folk Song Suite
Richard Rodney Bennett
Celebration for Orchestra
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Celebration for Orchestra
Aaron Copland
Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes (Hoe-down)
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Rodeo - 4 Dance Episodes (Hoe-down)
Buxton Orr
Slow Strathspey (Celtic Suite)
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Slow Strathspey (Celtic Suite)
Edward Elgar
Symphony No 3
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Symphony No 3
Aaron Copland
Letter From Home
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Letter From Home
Edward Elgar
Sospiri for strings, harp and organ, Op 70
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Sospiri for strings, harp and organ, Op 70
Aaron Copland
Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)
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Buckaroo Holiday (Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo)
George Butterworth
English Idyll no. 1
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English Idyll no. 1
Aaron Copland
Appalachian Spring
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Appalachian Spring
George Gershwin
Oh Lady, Be Good
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Oh Lady, Be Good
Angela Morley
A Canadian in Mayfair
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A Canadian in Mayfair
Aaron Copland
An Outdoor Adventure
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An Outdoor Adventure
Ottorino Respighi
Pines of Rome
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Pines of Rome
Ottorino Respighi
Fountains of Rome
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Fountains of Rome
Ottorino Respighi
Roman Festival
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Roman Festival
Giacomo Puccini
Capriccio Sinfonico
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Capriccio Sinfonico
Gaetano Donizetti
Don Pasquale overture
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Don Pasquale overture
Richard Rodney Bennett
Zodiac
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Zodiac
Richard Rodney Bennett
Symphony No 1
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Symphony No 1
Richard Rodney Bennett
Sinfonietta
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Sinfonietta
Ralph Vaughan Williams
English Folk Song Suite
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English Folk Song Suite
Aaron Copland
Symphony no 3
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Symphony no 3
John Ireland
A London Overture
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A London Overture
Eric Coates
London Suite (London Everyday)
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London Suite (London Everyday)
Coates
Symphonic Rhapsody No.2
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Symphonic Rhapsody No.2
Eric Coates
Ballad for strings
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Ballad for strings
Eric Coates
The Jester at the Wedding
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The Jester at the Wedding
Eric Coates
Overture "The Merrymakers"
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Overture "The Merrymakers"
Eric Coates
Oxford Street March
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Oxford Street March
Eric Coates
Concert Waltz 'Footlights'
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Concert Waltz 'Footlights'
Roy Harris
Symphony no. 3
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Symphony no. 3
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Upcoming BBC Events

BBC Philharmonic 2019-20 Season: Kabalevsky/Prokofiev/Coates/ Walton
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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Upcoming Events

27
Feb
2020
John Wilson, Philharmonia Orchestra and Leonidas Kavakos
Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, UK

Past BBC Events

Proms 2019: Prom 30: The Warner Brothers Story
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2019-08-09T18:49:15
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9
Aug
2019
Proms 2019: Prom 30: The Warner Brothers Story

Proms 2019: Prom 30: The Warner Brothers Story

Proms 2019: Prom 29: The Warner Brothers Story
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Royal Albert Hall
2019-08-09T18:49:15
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9
Aug
2019
Proms 2019: Prom 29: The Warner Brothers Story

Proms 2019: Prom 29: The Warner Brothers Story

Royal Albert Hall
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams
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The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
2019-04-13T18:49:15
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13
Apr
2019
BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams

BBC Philharmonic 2018-19 Season: Bax/Walton/Vaughan Williams

19:30
The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Holst, Ireland, Walton & Bax
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MediaCityUK, Salford
2019-04-10T18:49:15
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10
Apr
2019
BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Holst, Ireland, Walton & Bax

BBC Philharmonic Studio Concerts: Holst, Ireland, Walton & Bax

MediaCityUK, Salford
BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: BBC SSO in Inverness
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Eden Court, Inverness
2019-03-08T18:49:15
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8
Mar
2019
BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: BBC SSO in Inverness

BBC SSO 2018-19 Season: BBC SSO in Inverness

Eden Court, Inverness

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