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Apart from three years in France, Wilson lived in Scotland and played an active role in Britain's musical life, holding executive and advisory positions with The Arts Council, The New Music Group of Scotland, The Society for the Promotion of New Music, The Composers Guild of Great Britain and the Scottish Society of Composers.
Wilson's works have been played all over the world and embrace all forms - orchestral, choral-orchestral, chamber-orchestral, opera, ballet, brass band, vocal and music for a wide variety of chamber ensembles and solo instruments. Commissions include the Henry Wood Proms, Scottish Opera, Scottish Ballet, Edinburgh Festival, Cheltenham Festival, City of London Festival and Musica Nova. He was awarded the CBE in 1990 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Thomas Wilson died in Scotland on 12 June 2001, aged seventy-three.