Adrian Wilson, oboist of Ensemble 360, has just been appointed principal oboe of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra – on which we all congratulate him! Here Adrian gives us an insight into his summer as he prepares to take up his new position
Without doubt the highlight of my year so far is the birth of my gorgeous son Theo. He was born in the early hours on the day before my birthday and he is giving us the most amazing and precious times imaginable.
Musically it has been a very busy year with the Ensemble and with guesting in a variety of orchestras. I feel very lucky! Being offered the Principal oboe job in the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has to be a highlight! Earlier in the year I performed Schubert and Brahms with them, conducted by my old teacher and big inspiration Douglas Boyd. There’s also been more Schubert with Andrew Manze and the RLPO, a visit to China with the RPO, a TS Eliot-inspired project with Psappha (Manchester’s contemporary-music group), the first concert at CAST with the Ensemble, and of course Music in the Round’s very own May Festival.
And a couple of weeks ago we performed a couple of Paul Rissmann’s children’s pieces in a packed-out Crucible Theatre – a great day! For me it’s always a pleasure to perform to young children, especially with such well crafted and performed music! Children love a good a story, and when it is supported with up-close live music you can see from their faces what an exciting experience it makes. This feedback is immediate and unbridled so as performers we receive it honestly and directly.
Settling in Sheffield was a no-brainer: my wife was brought up here, and it’s a very friendly city with easy access to the beautiful Peak District. Geographically it is very well placed for getting to most of the other artistic hubs in this country. At the moment I’m in the middle of 4 weeks in the Buxton Festival with the Northern Chamber Orchestra, performing (amongst other things) operas by Gluck, Dvorak and Rossini.
After that, the new adventure begins: I’ll move with my family straight up to Glasgow to begin the Edinburgh Festival with the Royal Scottish National Symphony Orchestra – so no holiday for me this year! It is a very exciting opportunity to join a great orchestra and to continue playing all the great repertoire that it offers an oboe player! Glasgow is a very vibrant city with a great cultural scene that also gives easy access to glorious countryside – in fact, it is very similar to Sheffield in these respects! Fear not: I will definitely be back to Sheffield when I can to perform with Ensemble 360 and of course to see the in-laws!
Thanks also to Emily Moss for her help with this article