Shortlisted for the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Society’s Conductor’s Award, and still in his 30s, John Wilson has established an enviable reputation as a conductor, arranger and scholar, recognised internationally as an expert in the specialist fields of light music, jazz and music for screen, as well as being a passionate advocate for British music.As a conductor, John Wilson works on a regular basis with the Hall, City of Birmingham Symphony, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Scottish and BBC Concert orchestras and has also conducted many other leading British orchestras including the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony. He is the Principal Guest Conductor of the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin and has conducted many of the top orchestras throughout Europe.
The John Wilson Orchestra’s Prom programme celebrating 75 years of MGM musicals, televised live on BBC-2, was watched by over 3.5 million people. The orchestra leant their unique, spectacular style to holiday favourites on the 2010 BBC-2 Christmas night special Swingin’ Christmas.Wilson arranged and conducted the Grammy nominated score for Kevin Spacey’s film Beyond the Sea and enjoys a close working relationship with Paul McCartney, having orchestrated and conducted several of his compositions with the London Symphony Orchestra. In the USA, his arrangements and orchestrations have been played by the Chicago Symphony, Boston Pops, National Symphony of Washington and Cleveland orchestras.Born in Gateshead on Tyneside in 1972, John Wilson studied composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music where his teachers were Joseph Horovitz and Neil Thomson. He graduated from the RCM in 1995 winning all the major conducting prizes and the coveted Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding student.
The John Wilson Orchestra’s Prom programme celebrating 75 years of MGM musicals, televised live on BBC-2, was watched by over 3.5 million people. The orchestra leant their unique, spectacular style to holiday favourites on the 2010 BBC-2 Christmas night special Swingin’ Christmas.