'The tendril-awakening opening, launched by a bassoonist who made that solo's demands seem easy...'
(Stravinsky - Rite of Spring, 2018)
Mark Wilson currently splits his time between Modern and baroque bassoon, the latter of which he studies with Andrew Watts and Ursula Leveaux. Alongside this, Mark enjoys exploring a range of early musical instruments, including the dulcian, crumhorn, and other early reeds. He has played with groups such as Instruments of time and truth, The Musical and Amicable Society, Sinfonia Britannica and is also an extra work player for the Academy of Ancient Music. He has performed numerous concerti with both modern and period instrument orchestras and alongside concert performing, his trio (Kate Allsop. William Peart) have been highly successful on the competitive platform, recently winning the prestigious THSH Prize and the Corton Hyde Early Music Prize.
Mark is the creator and musical director of the group 'Ensemble La Notte'. Formed in 2018 and specialising in 17th and 18th century music, they perform on period instruments and give concerts around the UK. April 2019 saw the release of their first CD. Entitled 'La Notte'; including the concerto that gave the disk it's title, it features 6 of Vivaldi's best works for recorder and bassoon, performed by Kate Allsop and Mark Wilson.
Mark is also a talented counter tenor in the choir of Worcester cathedral. At just 14, he was awarded an Honours in singing from the Royal School of Church Music. Mark sings regularly with other cathedral choirs and has partaken in large choral events including the three choirs festival and the sons of clergy festival at St Paul's cathedral, London. Recent radio broadcasts include live choral evensongs from Birmingham and Worcester cathedrals. He features on numerous CDs as a Counter tenor, most notably with Birmingham Cathedral Choir and the Lassus Consort.
Originally from Hertfordshire, England and having achieved a high standard in bassoon, piano, organ and voice at a young age, Mark found his passion for music and was awarded two scholarships to begin his studies at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2015. Four years later he graduated with first class degree. As a modern bassoonist Mark also regularly enters competitions and auditions. In march 2019 he became the winner of the Nicholas Hunka bassoon prize for the second time and in January 2019 was awarded with a place on the extra work list for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Notable other performances include the Mozart bassoon concerto with the St John's Ensemble and Stravinksy's ineffable work, 'The Rite of Spring' in Birmingham's Symphony Hall with the Conservatoire symphony orchestra.
Mark is the bassoonist of The Inventus Quintet, and is a founding member of the group. The Group were formed in 2015 and Since then have gone on to be Finalists of the Sylvia Cleaver Chamber Prize and in 2018 they won the Leamington Music Prize. They can be seen all over the UK giving concerts, masterclasses and workshops to all ages. As part of their busy concert diary, Inventus are on tour in Dallas, Texas in April 2019. This spring also saw the release of their first CD and copies can be ordered from the quintet website.