Wilson plans first solo concert


Much-loved blind Queenstown musician Mark Wilson will treat the resort to his first-ever solo concert this month. 

Wilson’s performance, called “The Rhythms of Nature: Sounds and Songs of the Seasons”, comprises the pianist’s take on classics by Mozart, Vivaldi, Beethoven and others, plus his own compositions. 

“Classical and jazz styles will come out in the performance,” Wilson says. 

“You could say it’s the jazzical side of me, or if you like, the Wilsonic side of me coming out.” 

The unique concert will also feature poetry, with a reading from Wilson’s father Boyd. Wilson’s fiancée Emma Sykes will sing a traditional folk song and play the descant recorder. 

Wilson – blind since birth – has been a regular on the local music scene for years, but always plays alongside others. His solo gig coincides with the launch of his second CD The Rhythms of Nature

His first CD, Untamed, was released in 1997. 

“This concert and CD marks a new and completely different chapter in my life, but in a funny way, I’m even more untamed,” he says. 

Wilson has been cleared of cancer after doctors found a tumour on his brain three years ago – and says his health is very good.

Going it alone

What: Mark Wilson solo concert
When: Friday, ZFebruary 17, 7.30pm
Where: St Peter’s Church, Church St
Cost: $20 (from Wilkinson Pharmacy)