JEFFERY WILSON

Composer
Performer
Educator
Institute of Musicians logo. Jeffery Wilson is a fellow of the Institute of Musicians.
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For a toe tapping interlude to your day, why not visit the Cramphorn Studio Theatre in Chelmsford, where music is on the menu most Wednesday Lunchtimes starting at 1pm.

 

Click here for information about the upcoming concerts.

 

Junior Guildhall String Ensemble & Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra

Milton Court - Guildhall School of Music & Drama

18.00 hrs Saturday 30th November 2020

Dvořák       Serenade for Strings

Wilson        Eternal Light

Gershwin   Cuban Overture

Copland     Billy the Kid Suite

This piece has two main thematic strands; the first being an early plainsong melody from the Organum tradition (parallel 5ths), a favourite one of mine, which I shall, here keep secret as to its origins. The second, is another plainsong melody ‘Lux aeterna luceat eis’ (Eternal light shine upon them). Hence, the title of this work. 

I variously exploit the themes by distributing the material between the sections of the string orchestra in a democratic way. The more decorative pentatonic lines give way to bold statements of the melodies.  


A short fugato section based on the Lux aeterna becomes more dance-like, and includes the use of inversion and retrograde as the familiar themes make their presence felt again. 

An Adagio fragments both themes to construct a new, and rather romantic, episode where the two parts of the orchestra compete for expressive dominance. In the coda we hear the return of the Organum theme and the work concludes with the Lydian mode statement of the ‘Lux’. 

Having taught composition at Junior Guildhall for over 25 years it struck me that, instead of pontificating on the subject, I might reverse the roles and become a learner myself. Effectively, this involved me bringing the sketches of the piece to composition classes and to receive the critique of the somewhat younger aspirant composers. We touched upon matters of inspiration, technique, instrumentation and development and the orchestra also contributed some suggestions at an early rehearsal.  

I am planning to incorporate the findings of this project into a book on the subject of teaching composition.  


I have loved every second of this project and trust that the students have too and that the end result meets with the listeners’ approval. 

The work is dedicated to Barrington Pheloung, my dear friend and celebrated composer, who sadly died during the composition of this work and whose favourite plainsong melody was ‘Lux aeterna’. 

Jeffery Wilson

Tickets required: £10 (£5 concessions) available
from Barbican Box Office: 020 7638 8891
barbican.org.uk. Transaction fee: £3 fee per
online transaction, £4 by phone, there is no fee
when tickets are booked in person
 

TRIPTYCH

 

I have been most fortunate in life to have played with some fine musicians and written for same. It is with unbridled delight that I introduce 'TRIPTYCH' to you via this little YouTube promo.

 

 

We played at the Maldon Festival this year on July the 5th. 
 

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Premiere of Saxophone Concerto

for Rob Buckland

My new Saxophone Concerto for Rob Buckland represents an important development in my own compositional direction. The soloist in this new music will be the individual dealing with life and society, the ensemble will be that very society. We are all touched by the highs and lows of our existence and the impact we have on others. Some of us suffer the lows privately and without notice and others react in a myriad of ways. In response to loved ones, friends and colleagues who have wrestled with issues of mental health, I dedicate this work plus much of the future activity of 'Environ Music', my music and education umbrella company. I anticipate committing a percentage of royalties from the concerto and funds from Environ Music initiatives towards Help Musicians UK.

 

Having played the Saxophone myself for over 45 years it seemed timely to pen a concerto for this most iconic instrument and to combine elements of improvisation with more formal compositional techniques. This is a musical language that has been forming over the years and now, I feel, is coming to fruition. I can think of no better  player than Rob Buckland to animate my music.

The premiere took place at St Anne's, Limehouse, March 2018

with the Docklands Sinfonia under Spencer Down

The wind orchestra premier will be given by the Central Band of the Royal Air Force soon.

PLEASE HELP

Should you wish to join in this creative venture by supporting the commission then please do consider making a donation, no matter how small to:

 

or send a cheque to:

Environ Music

5 Church Green

Boreham

Essex

CM3 3EH

Environ Music

Account Number 84215976

Sort Code 60-24-77

For a reminder of the orchestral version with the Docklands Sinfonia please click below:-

On February 10, 2017 at Regent Hall (The Salvation Army), London the following concert including the premiere of Blow Bugle Blow by Jeffery Wilson took place.

To listen to Blow Bugle Blow please click on the button below:

For more information about Blow Bugle Blow please click on the button below:

 

PREMIERE

On February 4th 2017 at Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT, HM Band The Welsh Guards gave the world premiere of Jeffery Wilson's Clarinet Concerto 'The Fallen'. Dedicated to the Welsh Guards in commemoration of 100 years of service.

To listen to The Fallen please click on the button below:

 

PREMIERE

 

The  premiere of a new cantata, Heart of the Sun, with music by Jeffery Wilson and libretto by Bez Berry took place recently at St Andrew's Church, Boreham. 


  

The premiere of a new choral work, The Light of Glory, with music  by Jeffery Wilson and words by Bez Berry, written for the Chapel Choir of Chigwell School under their conductor Howard Ebden took place recently at at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. A second performance of this new work took place at St Margaret’s Church, Westminster Abbey.

A Festive Evening of Classical & Christmas Delights

including the premiere of "Give My Heart" by Jeffery Wilson

 

took place recently at
St Botolphs Church Colchester

I am so pleased to write that The Nelson Consort under Oliver Hancock just sent me this recording of my Ave Virgo Sanctissima.
 
Such clarity and beauty and concern for detail.
 
I hope my dear Ma would approve. Very moving for me.

Have you ever  wanted to give a loved one or friend a truly unique gift?

 

 

Ever thought about commissioning an original piece of music? A setting of your favourite poem perhaps or  a new instrumental piece with a 'theme' or sentiment? Jeffery has over 35 years of composing experience in Classical, Jazz, Theatre and Commercial Music writing. Your music could be recorded and the original manuscript framed or bound. We can even arrange a 'live' performance too!

 

Listen to a piece of music I wrote for my wonderful wife, Viv.

 

So, even if not a musician yourself, send an email to  jeffery@jefferywilson.co.uk


 
His 'Circus Acts' for Clarinet Quartet  (Dedicated to 'Exchanging blows') is the first of his to be taken by Pack-a-Punch
 
Saxtet Publications have several of Jeffery's pieces and 2017 sees still more to be added by this dedicated publisher

Camden Music are long time supporters of his output and the latest publication may come as a surprise to many...
 

New Publisher for Jeffery.

For a toe tapping interlude to your day, why not visit the Cramphorn Studio Theatre in Chelmsford, where music is on the menu most Wednesday Lunchtimes starting at 1pm.

 

Click here for information about the Wednesday lunchtime concerts.
 
Tantalise your musical tastebuds with a varied programme brought to you by talented local artists and professional musicians, from jazz to classical, woodwind to strings and a generous helping of fine vocals.
 
SUGGESTED DONATION £1.00
 
The Cramphorn Foyer offers drinks and bar snacks.

Wednesday 8th January - Pianist, Catherine Leonard returns to the Cramphorn Theatre to perform a programme including works by Schubert.         

Wednesday 15th January - New pieces from 'local' creators, featuring the work of Mike Haley, Tim Eaton and Ken Hay.

Wednesday 22nd January - Revival, beautiful, atmospheric folk and acoustic songs from local trio.

Wednesday 29th January - The Daisy Bowlers bring their natural banter, real wooden strung instruments who have stories of their own, sweet vocal harmonies, lyrics to make you laugh and cry and mellifluent voices that carry the tune on its way.

A relaxed concert at 2.15pm for our special needs friends

(all are welcome)

Wednesday 5th February – Young musicians from Chelmsford County High School for Girls offer a programme of ensemble music and ‘A’ level recital pieces.

N.B. No concert performance on Wednesday 12th February

Wednesday 19th February- Making It Up! Rachel Coe and Jeffery Wilson improvise their way through some Klezmer, African, Indian and modal music.

Wednesday 26th February- A musical dramatisation of Thomas Hardy’s novel Tess of the D’Urbervilles for Soprano and Piano, by Derek Rodgers. It tells the tragic story as seen through Tess’s eyes. Follow Tess from her first sighting of Angel Clare at the Marlott May Dance, to her time working for and being seduced by the shameful Alec D’Urberville. Watch her fall in love at Talbothay’s Dairy only to end up working in the desolate Flint-Coomb Ash. See how Tess braves each hardship and eventually comes to peace with herself in the final haunting scene.

A relaxed concert at 2.15pm for our special needs friends

(all are welcome)

Wednesday 4th March - Cross Harmonies programme will feature a selection of dances and a variety of solo items and styles. Beware - Danse Macabre!!

N.B. No concert performance on Wednesday 11th March

N.B. No concert performance on Wednesday 18th March

Wednesday 25th March - The Environ Music Group returns to the Cramphorn Theatre with a variety of music including original works by local composers.

A relaxed concert at 2.15pm for our special needs friends

(all are welcome)

Wednesday 1st April - Junior Guildhall Artists Students of Jeffery Wilson (Coordinator of Composition at Junior Guildhall) visit the theatre for the first time to offer some ‘live’ improvisation and a taste of their own original music.

Wednesday 8th April - The William Palmer Trust are a three- piece group who play songs gathered under the collective title: “Songs of the Lower Reaches”, referring to the eastward journey of the river Thames from the Shadwell Basin at Limehouse, downstream to the shining aisle of the great Sea Reach.

Wednesday 15th April - T.V. Dinner offer a feast of film and television music, together with a few "wireless" favourites.  Nicola Bishop - oboe, Penny Rich - clarinet, Jeffery Wilson - piano.

Wednesday 22nd April - Jazz Chat with Jeffery Wilson and invited friends, including the welcome return of Mr Peter Marshall. Expect some happy banter and some ‘cooking’ music!

A relaxed concert at 2.15pm for our special needs friends

(all are welcome).

N.B. No concert performance on Wednesday 29th April

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