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.
In April 2016, Stratford-upon-Avon was on the world’s stage as the town commemorated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, and, being the church in which Shakespeare is buried, Holy Trinity was often in the spotlight, and Benedict played an integral role in this. The unique occasion was celebrated by a multitude of services, radio broadcasts and television appearances, concerts, commissions, as well as a summer tour to Canada, where Choir sang as part of Stratford, Ontario, International Music Festival. One of the highlights was a visit by HRH Prince of Wales to Holy Trinity, during which Benedict’s specially-written introit for 2016 was performed. With words provided by Revd Dr Paul Edmondson, Benedict also wrote a five-song cycle for this special anniversary, which was premiered in Holy Trinity Church by Isabella Gage and Rohan Stewart-MacDonald.
Previously, 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, as well as performing Poulenc’s Organ Concerto in Haileybury Chapel. In December 2015, Benedict gave another performance of the Poulenc Organ Concerto with the Orchestra of the Swan in Holy Trinity Church.
Benedict took up the Senior Organ Scholarship at 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. Remaining at Cambridge, he completed his Master’s degree in Choral Studies, graduating in 2011, studying with choral conductors such as Stephen Cleobury, Tim Brown and Stephen Layton. Prior to his present appointment, Benedict was Organ Scholar at Bourne Abbey, and was a member of the Royal College of Music Junior Department for eight years, piano and organ being his principal instruments, winning several awards.
Benedict is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists, and has won several prizes, including the Limpus. He joined the Warwick and Kenilworth Choral Society as Director of Music at the beginning of the 2014/15 season.