About the Composer

 

Garry Wilkinson (FTCL, FRAS, FBIS, LTCL, BSc Hons, BA, GradInstP)is an internationally acclaimed, award-winning composer. He has more than 200 musical works published by Trinity/FaberTCL PressRIAMForton Music and UMP Ltd. He composes in many genres, including solo instrumental, solo voice, choir, bands, educational, chamber ensemble, orchestra and music theatre. Music archives are in the New York Public Library, USA, and the Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, Germany.

Awards

I am a Fellow of Composition from Trinity College of Music in London. In 1986, I won first prize in the UK’s Six Counties Composition Competition for Orchestral Music and was awarded a performance by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. In 2013, my composition was featured in the Call-for-Scores programme of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s Chamber Ensemble, Kokoro. In 2017, I was the first prize recipient in the Busan Maru International Music Festival Competition for Orchestral Composition held in South Korea. I received the Honourable Mention Award in the Ravel International Orchestral Composition Competition, Milan (2018), and most recently, I won first prize in the Inaugural West Wicklow Festival Composition Competition (2021).

Education

I was a founding student member of Margo Fagan’s Young Music Makers, the Centre for Young Musicians. I studied with the London Schools’ Symphony Orchestra and Trinity College of Music in London. I pursued a degree in composition at the University of London, studying under Felicity Young and Madge Musgrave, and also studied Piano with Christine Croshaw and Trombone with George Maxted, earning a Licentiateship (LTCL) in performance and teaching and Fellowship (FTCL) in music composition. Later, I continued my studies in music composition with John Hall at the Royal Academy of Music and Edwin Roxburgh at the Royal College of Music in London.

Notable Performances

Between 1987 and 1998, I created music for various drama productions held at London’s Cockpit Theatre, Sherborne Castle, and the Powell Theatre. A Cor Anglais Sonata was commissioned and performed by Elizabeth Jacoby. Three pieces were performed by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, with Richard Hickox, Patrick Shelley, and Maxime Tortelier conducting. Ian Davies conducted three of my orchestral works for youth. In 1997, Karen Evans premiered my Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, a work commissioned by Owen Clarke and the Sherborne Community Orchestra. My second symphony premiered at St. John’s, Smith Square, London, in 1998.

I created a two-act musical theatre piece that premiered in June 2000, and it’s now available on Compact Disc. In 2009, Vivienne Sands conducted my Fanfare for Band in New Zealand. ‘Citadel of Light,’ which was premiered in Ireland in 2021 by Phoebe White (Violin) and Peter Regan (Piano), is published by UMP Ltd. In 2023, a popular piano piece was performed at the Eisteddfod festival in Wales and broadcast on S4C Television.

Four of my piano pieces were featured in the 2017 Grieg International Piano Competition for young performers, streamed live from Oslo, Norway. These four pieces are part of my album, 24 Piano Pieces in Diverse Styles, Piano Portraits, and ‘A Recital Anthology’ (TCL Press). I am the only living composer represented in an anthology that spans piano music of three hundred years, which I feel is quite an honour.

Educational Compositions

My music compositions for Solo Piano are popular choices for Grade 1 (2022), Grade 4 (2009), Grade 6 (2015 & 2021), and Solo Piano ATCL, Associate Recital Diploma (2021) and LTCL, Licentiate Recital Diploma (2024). Other recital and examination diploma repertoire includes the complete Concerto for Flute and OrchestraSonata for Cor Anglais and PianoLegende de l’Oiseau Bleu, and Citadel of Light, both latter pieces for Violin and Piano. Other examination repertoire includes ten pieces for Brass (2019), eleven pieces for Strings (2020) and six pieces for Woodwind (2023). These educational pieces are in the syllabuses of Trinity College London music examinations published by TCL Press, Trinity/Faber and the Royal Irish Academy of Music (RIAM). 

Performer, Conductor, Teacher and Examiner

An all-round musician as an accomplished trombonist, I performed with renowned music ensembles such as Glyndebourne Opera, Dorset Opera, the John Wilbraham Brass Ensemble, the Bournemouth Sinfonietta, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. I also conducted the Sherborne Community Orchestra and Sherborne Schools Symphony Orchestra for several years. My musical achievements include conducting the world premiere of my second symphony at St. John’s, Smith Square in London. I taught individually and at several schools and colleges, including special needs, and many of my former students are now professional musicians and composers. Additionally, I am an international examiner and was awarded the UK’s Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) 2019 Award for services to examining. I sit on the Arts Council of Ireland as a peer panellist.

Publications and Affiliations

TCL PressRIAMForton Music and UMP Ltd., publish my music, with many works available in print and as eBooks from Forton Music and Amazon. My collaboration with the illustrator Amori produces many fun and enthralling works for younger musicians. I am a registered composer with the Performing Rights Society with works archived in the New York Public Library, USA, and the Katalog der Deutschen Nationalbibliothek, Germany.

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