Thomas Brendan Wilson (1927-2001)
Thomas Wilson was educated at St. Mary's College, Aberdeen. After serving in the RAF from 1945-48, he read Music at the University of Glasgow, and in 1957 accepted a teaching post there. In 1971 he was appointed Reader, and in 1977 was given a personal Chair.
Wilson consistently played an active part in the musical life of the UK, holding executive and advisory positions in such organisations such as the Arts Council, The New Music Group of Scotland, The Society for the Promotion of New Music, The Composers' Guild of Great Britain and The Scottish Society of Composers.
Thomas Wilson's works have been played all over the world and embrace all forms - orchestral, choral-orchestral, chamber-orchestral, opera, ballet, brass band, vocal music of different kinds, and works for a wide variety of chamber ensembles and solo instruments.
In 1990 Thomas Wilson was awarded the CBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
The artistic collaboration between Thomas Wilson and Stefan Grasse began in October 1990, when Stefan continued his musical studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow. It was during that academic year that Thomas Wilson invited him to his home several times to rehearse his guitar compositions under his supervision.
After numerous performances including Wilson’s „Guitar Concerto“, Stefan Grasse now presents a recording of all compositions for guitar by Thomas Wilson.
„Stefan Grasse is a gifted guitarist, very well equipped technically, and more importantly, a natural, even intuitive player, very responsive on the purely musical level. His performances of my own works, (Dreammusic etc.) have been among the most sympathetic and perceptive I have heard.“
Thomas Wilson, June 1991