Thomas Wilson in Conversation with Jane
Thomas Wilson -
An Appreciation of his Work by John Maxwell Geddes (from 1980s)
Obituary Notices and Tributes
Wilson Obituary by John Maxwell Geddes from the June 19, 2001 on-line issue of
Excellent new website
devoted to Thomas Wilson created by his family. Site
is very informative and contains details about his music,
information on the availability of his scores and music
Wilson's St. Kentigern Suite to be performed in
Sydney, Austrailia and Cartoon to be performed in
Norway. Both in March. More details to follow as they become
THOMAS WILSON WEB SITE
Last Modified: January 17, 2004
Thomas Wilson was born in
the USA in 1927 of British parents. Shortly after, the family returned to the
UK and settled in the Glasgow area. Apart from a period of three years spent in
France, he has lived in Scotland ever since. Educated at St. Mary's College,
Aberdeen, Wilson served in the RAF from 1945-48. He read Music at Glasgow
University, and in 1957 accepted a teaching post there. In 1971 he was
appointed Reader and in 1977 was given a personal Chair.
has consistently played an active part in the musical life of Britain, holding
executive and advisory positions in such organisations as The Arts Council, The
New Music Group of Scotland, The Society for the Promotion of New Music, The
Composers Guild of Great Britain (Chairman 1986-89), and the Scottish Society
of Composers (of which he is a founder member).
have been played all over the world and embrace all forms - orchestral,
choral-orchestral, chamber-orchestral, opera, ballet, brass band, vocal music
of different kinds, and works for a wide variety of chamber ensembles and solo
instruments. He has been given many important commissions - Henry Wood Proms,
Scottish Opera, Glasgow 1990, Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh Festival, Cheltenham
Festival, City of London Festival, Musica Nova, BBC, to name but a few.
In 1990 Thomas Wilson was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday
Honours List. The following year he was created a Fellow of the Royal Scottish
Academy of Music and Drama, and Glasgow University conferred an Honorary
Doctorate of Music upon him.
Thomas Wilson died on
12 June 2001 following a long illness. With his passing, British music lost one
of its most important contemporary voices.