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Intermusica represents John Wilson worldwide

Director/Head of Vocal & Opera:
Julia Maynard

Artist Manager:
Gwilym Evans

Assistant to Artist Manager:
Eleanor Dee

John Wilson

Conductor

A charismatic figure on the concert stage, John Wilson is known for the vivid nature of his interpretations and the intensely colourful sound that he draws from orchestras. An outstanding communicator and a recognised builder of audiences, Wilson inspires listeners with his intelligent programming and on-stage presentations. He regularly appears on radio and television.

In the UK, Wilson has developed close, long-term relationships with the Philharmonia, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestras, and has conducted many other British orchestas, including the BBC Symphony, BBC Philharmonic and The Hallé. He is Principal Conductor of the Northern Sinfonia and Principal Conductor of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Dublin.

Wilson has a particular affinity with British music, with a flair for interpreting music by Vaughan Williams and Elgar, among many others. He also exercises a deep understanding of the core classical repertoire, with an enthusiasm for composers from Sibelius and Szymanowski to John Adams. He has a catalogue of over 40 recordings, the most recent of which is a disc of Elgar’s Music in Wartime with the BBC Concert Orchestra on SOMM (Gramophone Editor’s Choice, January 2013). In other recent recordings he has conducted the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (on Avie and Naxos) and The Hallé (on its own label).

Highlights in the 2013/14 season include a concert performance of Johann Strauss’s Die Fledermaus with the Philharmonia Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall, London, and a programme of Vaughan Williams, Walton and Ireland with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Wilson is a regular collaborator with some of the world’s finest singers, often working with Sir Thomas Allen, Joyce DiDonato, Susan Gritton and Roderick Williams, among others. He made his operatic debut in 2010 with Gilbert and Sullivan’s Ruddigore at Opera North and in December 2012, he conducted Lehár’s The Merry Widow with the Philharmonia Orchestra in concert.

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. He won all the major conducting prizes there, as well as the coveted Tagore Gold Medal for the most outstanding student; in 2011 he was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. In 1994, Wilson formed his own orchestra, the John Wilson Orchestra, dedicated to performing film music of Hollywood’s golden age. He has appeared annually with the orchestra at the BBC Proms following the huge success of his debut in 2009. He and the orchestra tour both the USA and the UK in autumn 2013. The John Wilson Orchestra records exclusively for EMI Classics.


John Wilson is represented by Intermusica.

2013/14 biography / 429 words. Not to be altered without permission. Please destroy all previous biographical material.

Recording highlights:

Bax, Butterworth, Delius, Elgar, German
Made in Britain
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Avie
AV2194

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John Ireland
Various works
The Hallé
CD HLL 7523

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English music highlights:

Coates, Eric
London Again
Orchestral Works
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Avie
AV2070
Elgar, Edward
Elgar: The 'Longed-for Light'
Elgar's Music in Wartime
BBC Concert Orchestra
Simon Callow (speaker)
Susan Gritton (soprano)
BBC Radio 3
SOMMCD 247
German, Edward
Symphony No.1 in E minor
BBC Concert Orchestra
Dutton Epoch
CDLX 7285
Ireland, John
Piano Concerto
Legend
Rhapsody
A Sea Idyll
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic      
Naxos
8.572598
Vaughan Williams, Alwyn,
Bowen, Parry

Orchestral Works
BBC Concert Orchestra
Dutton Epoch
CDLX 7237

John Wilson Orchestra highlights:

Rodgers & Hammerstein
Rodgers & Hammerstein: 
At The Movies

The John Wilson Orchestra
Sierra Boggess
Anna Jane Casey
Joyce DiDonato
Maria Ewing
Julian Ovenden
David Pittsinger
Maida Vale Singers
EMI Classics
5099931930123
Spacey, Kevin
Beyond the Sea:               
Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The John Wilson Orchestra
ATCO/Rhino
8122-78444-2
Various composers
That's Entertainment:
A Celebration of the MGM Musical

The John Wilson Orchestra
EMI Classics
028 8452

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Gilbert & Sullivan concert / City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
“Put together the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and brilliant conductor John Wilson and you are guaranteed a concert of special quality.

Somehow Wilson always seems to raise the bar, and hundreds of Gilbert and Sullivan fans in the large audience couldn't help noticing the extra quality he and the musicians brought to some of the much-loved classics.”
Birmingham Mail, February 2014

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Royal Concert Hall
Elgar, Walton, Williams

“Conductor John Wilson never seems to put a foot wrong. Now known to millions as director of his hand-picked orchestra dedicated to breathing new life into Hollywood musicals, he is equally adept at crafting deeply thoughtful performances of English classical music.

…The drama of Wilson’s reading [of the Vaughan Williams] produced some sweeping effects from his players. One highlight was when the orchestra surges up to the first allegro: here they struck a note of terror, enhanced by savage interjections from the brass. But there were moments of grandeur and beauty too, notably in the sublime slow movement.

This instinctive grasp of atmosphere was apparent in Walton’s Cello Concerto…

Three of Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance Marches were also on the programme, played with just the right amount of snap and swagger. As a nation we may lack the confidence we had in Elgar’s day, but the music still quickens the pulse. Especially in the hands of John Wilson and the CBSO.”
Nottingham Post, January 2014

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra / National Concert Hall
Williams, Walton

“I am startled by the authority of the playing – this is the RTE NSO at its responsive and wide-ranging best…This performance has a dramatic cogency stronger than any of the several I have heard. Wilson sustains a narrative sweep based not on notions that the music creates pictures of London, but on the inherent musical qualities of its vivid contrasts. It seems that this classic of English music has been though through afresh. Everything sounds purposeful, as tight, dramatically intense and cutting-edge as when the piece was completed some 80 years ago.”
Martin Adams, Irish Times, January 2014

Belfast Music Week / Ulster Orchestra / Ulster Hall
“As for Wilson, his strong leadership and fiery stylings seemed to push the assembled musicians to ever greater heights. The maestro was equally adept at teasing out delicate passages as he was at driving on the bombast…”
Andrew Johnston, Belfast Telegraph, November 2013

The Richard Morrison Column
"Happily, several of today's leading conductors make a point of reviving unjustly neglected repertoire... three cheers to John Wilson for reminding us what fabulous melodies and craftsmanship went into classic Viennese operettas and Broadway musicals - and recruiting top-notch musicians to revive them."
Richard Morrison, BBC Music Magazine

John Wilson Orchestra / BBC Proms
Steiner, Waxman, Herrmann, Bradley, Rosza

“…he knows his audience and delivers what he promises.”
Evening Standard, August 2013

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus / Barbican Centre
Walton, York Bowen, Vaughan Williams

“Another English programme under John Wilson, who is clearly well on the way to inheriting the late Richard Hickox's mantle in this repertoire; he certainly deserves to....The choral singing throughout was superb - excellently balanced with the orchestra. They were fortunate to have John Wilson in charge, accurate, clear, communicative, tingling with vitality and expressively moulding the many lyrical passages.... A truly outstanding evening.”
Classical Source, May 2013

Philharmonia Orchestra / Royal Festival Hall
Walton, Delius, Ireland, Vaughan Williams, Elgar

"The second part of the concert was totally absorbing. In Vaughan Williams’s Tallis Fantasia, Wilson achieved an almost miraculous depth of resonance (given the sonic limitations of the Royal Festival Hall) by positioning the ‘second’ orchestra at the very rear of the platform, on the right and just below front-of-choir level. He sustained the singing lines of the work marvelously well, balancing its complex strands of sonority and emotion. The Philharmonia’s strings were acutely responsive to Wilson’s every direction, and the impressive string-quartet contributions were integral to the success of the whole, Wilson always aware of the arc of the piece.

Elgar’s In the South was also given a performance of one’s dreams, which could bear comparison with the legendary one recorded by EMI forty-six years ago by Constantin Silvestri and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Wilson and his players offered an equally passionate and sensitive account, made even more lustrous by the Philharmonia’s glorious playing, which included a most expressive canto popolare viola solo from Rebecca Chambers, an elegiac horn contribution from Antonio-Geremia Iezzi, and some very affecting work from the woodwinds. All through, from the magnificent eruption of the opening, via the affecting central sections, to the blazing conclusion, Wilson shaped it all to perfection; he is clearly a musician of rare sensibility."
Classical Source, January 2013

BBC Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
Vaughan Williams, Finzi, Elgar

“Wasps overture came first, showing off the glow of the ensemble's string players… On their own in this piece [Finzi], the BBC Symphony's strings clarified its lucid textures and kept them airborne, while Wilson accompanied astutely…

Its grand sonic panoplies were presented with care by Wilson, who could rely on fearless, forthright singing from the BBC Symphony Chorus, yet their response to the music's [Elgar] recessing into the inward and the intimate was no less skilled.”
Guardian, November 2012

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (Naxos)
John Ireland Piano Concerto, Legend

“John Ireland’s Piano Concerto of 1930 receives a thoroughly sympathetic, lucid performance, as does the ominously darker Legend of three years later. A delightful disc.”
Geoffrey Norris, Daily Telegraph, five stars, September 2011

“In both works the RLPO is on first-class form under the understanding direction of John Wilson, a passionate advocate of English music."
Gramophone, December 2011

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Lichfield Festival
Vaughan Williams, Delius, Elgar and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast

"The first half was a joy. 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 as we all left the Cathedral lit by the setting sun."
Christopher Morley, Birmingham Post, July 2011

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