Benedict James Wilson

Benedict James Wilson moved to Stratford-upon-Avon in August 2013, to take up the new full-time post of Director of Music at Holy Trinity, and Teacher of Music at King Edward VI School. For the previous two years, Benedict was College Organist at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire, and Assistant Director of Music at All Saints', Hertford. At Haileybury, Benedict accompanied the School's Chamber Choir twice in the televised stages of the BBC School Choir of the Year Competition. In addition, Benedict gave a number of recitals in and around Hertfordshire.

Benedict took up the Senior Organ Scholarship to Magdalene College, Cambridge, in September 2007, and graduated in Music in June 2010. Whilst at Magdalene, Benedict organised and directed a performance of John Rutter's Requiem in the presence of the composer himself. He completed his Master’s degree, also at Cambridge, in Choral Studies, graduating in 2011.

Prior to this appointment, Benedict was Organ Scholar at Bourne Abbey, as well as accompanist and conductor of a number of ensembles in and around Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. Benedict was a member of the Royal College of Music Junior Department for eight years, piano and organ being his principal instruments, winning, in 2006, the Baroque Music Prize and the Hedy Robinson Award for gaining one of the highest marks nationally for ABRSM Grade 8 Theory.

He was fortunate to have studied piano with James Lisney, Aaron Shorr and John Barstow, and organ with David Sutton Anderson. He is currently studying organ with Anne Page.

Benedict can be contacted by emailing music@stratford-upon-avon.org, or by telephoning the Parish Office on 01789 266316.