International award winning creator of choral music for all sorts of choirs: big or small; young or old. Working with conductors and singers to develop their strengths and challenge their development is a speciality.
Andrew M. Wilson was born in 1960 in England and studied music at Trinity College of Music and London University. He was Director of Music at Kelly College, Tavistock until becoming the Director of Studies of the National College of Music, London in 2015.
He is a very busy composer. His orchestral, chamber choral and solo instrumental works have been widely recorded, published, broadcast and performed all over the world, from Notre Dame Cathedral, Paris, and London’s Royal Albert Hall to the San Francisco Conservatory. His works are regularly broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He has won many awards for his compositions, including the City of London Harvest of the Sea Prize, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta Celebrating Dorset Prize, the Project Trio Composition Award in NYC, the University of Alabama Chamber Ensemble Competition the Luciano Casalino Prize 2020 and the North California Viola Society Composition Competition 2021.
Choral commissions include “A Requiem for Peace”, which was premiered in St Andrew’s Minster, Plymouth, by the South West Chamber Choir with funding from the Vaughan Williams Trust and “The Pilgrim Fathers” in Southampton, England for the city’s Mayflower 400 celebrations. Other recent commissions include “The Morgowr” for the Cornwall Youth Orchestra and two school operas, “The Vicar’s Cross” and “The Green Children”. He has written a series of twelve annual cantatas for the Tavistock Festival, of which he is now the Honorary President, drawing together the massed choirs from schools, towns and villages all over the district.
Among the choirs he has directed are The South West Chamber Choir, the Callington Singers, The Okehampton Choral Society, the Kelly Choral Society and several church choirs. In 2021 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi University, Miami, Florida.
Andrew is always willing to discuss new works and you can be sure that a commission will lead to a work of the highest quality that is fun to sing; enjoyable to listen to; delivered on time with a score completed to professional standards of production. He will be delighted to assist you with the rehearsing and final performance with cheerful, dedicated enthusiasm.