Gareth Wilson studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and Edinburgh University 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 and 2004. At the same time, he joined the Music Department at King’s College London and, in 2012, was appointed an academic professor at the Royal College of Music.
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 he has been responsible for the composition, commissioning and directing of over 150 new works for the Anglican liturgy as well as playing a leading role in the installation of the church’s Flentrop organ. His liturgical music has been heard at dozens of churches, cathedrals, and college chapels across Britain and has been recorded and broadcast on BBC Radio.
Gareth undertook postgraduate research in Theology and Philosophy from London University’s Heythrop College before embarking upon a doctorate in the Theology Department at King’s College London, where he researches the contribution of music to the growth of atheism in nineteenth-century Europe. He has given numerous talks and lecture courses on this subject at King’s and beyond.
Following the death of David Trendell, he was appointed Acting Director of The Choir of King’s College London, with whom he gave numerous concerts, toured Italy, and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. In 2015, he became the first member of the Music Department at King’s to win a KCL Teaching Excellence Award, having been nominated in 2011 and 2012. He has recently been appointed Director of Chapel Music at Girton College in the University of Cambridge, where he is also a member of the Music Faculty.