Born and educated in Croydon, Surrey, Lesley Wilson was a member of the National Youth Orchestra and went on to study with Gwydion Brooke at the Royal Academy of Music. Still a student, she worked with the City of Belfast and Northern Sinfonia Orchestras and was appointed principal bassoon with the Scottish National Orchestra, a position she held for twenty-seven years. While there, she began teaching at NESMS and the RSAMD, and was a tutor with NYOS and other youth orchestras throughout Britain. She also worked for a short time as an exchange professor at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. Lesley has lived in Aberdeen since 1999, teaching in city primary and secondary schools, at Aberdeen City Music School and at Aberdeen University. Here, with colleagues, she has recorded a CD of bassoon music, much of it written for her between 1962 and 2015, by composers born or living in Scotland.