Jeffery Wilson is perhaps best known as a composer. He studied at the Royal College of Music, Cambridge and Paris and numbers among his teachers John Lambert, Herbert Howells, Gordon Jacob and Olivier Messiaen. His performances and recordings range from pop and jazz to classical and contemporary and he performs regularly with ‘Triptych’ and his own project ‘The Reduced History of Jazz’.
Jeffery is coordinator and Professor of Composition at Junior Guildhall and has the dubious honour of being the last serving Professor of Saxophone at the Royal Military School of Music until the government sold the building in 2021. He was for eleven years principal examiner (Jazz) for Guildhall Exams and, until recently, was senior examiner and adviser at Trinity College London. He was for many years a supervisor on the music faculty at Cambridge University and is still an examiner and mentor there. From 1986 till 2002 Jeffery worked as a visiting lecturer for Utrecht Conservatorium in Holland, a role that he relished.
As director of ‘Environ Music’ the music and education company, Jeffery has for over thirty five years promoted concerts, learning initiatives and special needs awareness in the community.