Andrew M. Wilson was born in 1960 in Bedfordshire. He started composing at the age of seven and was a Junior Exhibitioner at Trinity College of Music, London before proceeding to study Music at the Royal Holloway College of London University, where his teachers included Brian Dennis for composition and Martin Neary for organ.
He has taught music at a series of distinguished schools: Papplewick School Ascot, and the Royal Grammar School Worcester. Since 1992 he has been the Director of Music at Kelly College, Tavistock. He is the conductor of the Kelly Choral Society, the most prestigious choir of its kind in West Devon and in 2007 he was appointed Musical Director of the Plymouth based South West Chamber Choir. He is well known as an entertaining speaker on musical subjects throughout the South West. He has been the organist of several important churches, including St Matthew’s Luton, All Saints Worcester and Upton-upon-Severn.
It is as a composer, however, that Andrew has become most well known. His output has contributed to a wide range of genres. A series of large-scale choral and orchestral works include “Drake’s Drum” which was commissioned by the National Trust to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the death of Sir Francis Drake and has been performed at Buckland Abbey and St Andrew’s Plymouth (by the Plymouth University Choir and 10 Tors Orchestra).
Tavistock Town Council commissioned “The Faery Feast” and its memorable first performance formed part of the town’s millennium celebrations. This opulent score is a setting of a text by the seventeenth century Tavistock poet William Browne. His latest cantata was a commission for the Tavistock Festival, "Class Six in Space" premiered by school and adult choirs, around 300 singers in total , in April 2012.
Andrew’s most recent orchestral score was a commission for the Dante Quartet to play with their Festival String orchestra: the scintillating “Breton Concerto” (2010), which has received several highly successful performances throughout the region and in London conducted by Tim Boulton. March 2007 saw the premiere of his Clarinet Concerto by the South West Sinfonietta conducted by Tim Boulton with soloist Peter Cigleris in the Guildhall, Plymouth.
He has not neglected the field of Chamber Music. . The Sonatina for String Quartet was written for the world famous Dante Quartet and first performed, by them, at the 2004 Dante Summer Festival: it led to the commission to write “Singing Game” for the Dante Quartet to perform with the Launceston Choral Society in the 2006 festival. December 2004 saw the first London performance of the Wind Octet by Octanphonie at St. James’s Piccadilly and 2011 the "Six Suffolk Dances" commissioned for the Kosmos Ensemble. Recent highlights have included a performance of his Sonatina for the Left Hand by Stefan Warzycki in his 2011 Edinburgh festival programme and I Flautisti's performance of the "Piper's Calendar" at the Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2011.
A recording of “The Green Man” has just been released on the disc “Composers of the South-West”.
Music for the church has always figured strongly in Andrew’s output and much of his choral and organ music was originally written for the Kelly College Chapel. His anthem "The Celestial Sphere" was written specially for Voces8 to a commission from the Denston Festival in May 2009. Andrew Wilson’s music is published by Blackingstone Music Publishing and Phylloscopus.