Lesley Wilson took up the bassoon at the age of thirteen, when three of her school friends were starting to learn the flute, oboe and clarinet. She was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain before entering the Royal Academy of Music as a student of the world-renowned bassoonist, Gwydion Brooke.
She played principal bassoon with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra for over twenty-six years while also teaching, adjudicating and coaching at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, the Royal Northern College of Music and for three months as a visiting professor at Ball State University, Indiana, USA. Busy also as a soloist and in chamber ensembles, she coached for the National Youth Orchestras of both Scotland and Wales.
Since moving to Aberdeen to join the team of peripatetic teachers as a woodwind instructor, Lesley has been a member of Aberdeen Sinfonietta, a visiting tutor at the North-East of Scotland Music School, the Aberdeen City Music School, the University of Aberdeen, and woodwind coach for the Grampian Youth Orchestra.
Her CD of bassoon solo and chamber music written in Scotland between 1958 and 2015, “A Much-Travel’d Clown”, was released in 2017 (Vox Regis).
It was in the late 1980s, as a review writer for Double Reed News, the quarterly magazine of the British Double Reed Society, that Lesley first encountered the music of Marcus Blunt and began to include it in recitals; now, as ever, she remains captivated by it.