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Gareth Wilson

Gareth Wilson

Lecturer and Tutor (Aural Training and Techniques of Composition)

Music Department
King's College London
Strand Campus
WC2R 2LS  

Research Interests

  • Techniques of Composition from the 16th to early 20th-Centuries
  • Performance
  • Liturgical Composition
  • Music and Theology 
  • The relationship between Music and 19th-Century German Philosophy, particularly Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche

Educational and Professional Background

Gareth Wilson studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Edinburgh University (BMus) before undertaking postgraduate performance diplomas at the Royal Academy of Music in London (receiving the DipRAM for an outstanding final recital) where he became a Fellow, and subsequently lecturer, in Academic Studies between 2000-2004. At the same time, he joined the Music Department at KCL where he teaches Techniques of Composition and Orchestration and is director of the Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He also lectures for the Royal College of Organists and, in addition to freelance work as a choral conductor, is Director of Music at Christ Church, Chelsea, where has been responsible for the composition, commissioning and directing of over 100 new works for the Anglican liturgy as well as playing a leading role in the installation of the church’s new Flentrop organ.

Between 2007-2011 he undertook postgraduate degrees in Theology and Philosophy from London University’s Heythrop College before embarking upon doctoral research in the Theology department of KCL, where he is researching the contribution of music to the growth of atheism in 19th-Century Europe, combining this with his interest in early 20th-Century Jewish-Christian relations. In 2011, he was nominated for a KCL Teaching Excellence Award by the students of the Music Department.


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