Review
Friday 13th
December 2013

Five Star review from the Financial Times

The Financial Times has given The John Wilson Orchestra’s performance at the Royal Festival Hall a fantastic five star review. The performance was praised for “the quality of players”, the “glossy sound”, and making “these classic musicals fairly explode back into life”. Richard Fairman also suggested “they could surely see the sparks fly over the

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Review
Wednesday 29th
August 2012

The John Wilson Orchestra | The Broadway Sound | 5 Star Review *****

The Broadway Sound performances at the BBC Proms take tunes that we know well, and remind us how lucky we are to have them, writes Laura Thompson. On the evidence of this Prom, it is impossible to doubt that the Broadway show tune is one of the finest inventions of the 20th century. Proof came

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Review
Sunday 15th
July 2012

My Fair Lady has Proms premiere

A packed house at the Royal Albert Hall had a “loverly” time on Saturday as classic musical My Fair Lady had its first performance at the BBC Proms. Brideshead Revisited’s Anthony Andrews played Professor Henry Higgins in the part-staged concert, whose finale was greeted with a standing ovation. The music, based on orchestrations from the

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Review
Sunday 15th
July 2012

Prom 2: My Fair Lady/John Wilson Orchestra – ****

Tonight we expected a semi-staged reading of this timeless musical. Instead we got as near as dammit to a fully staged, fully costumed, fully choreographed West End production, one that stage director Shaun Kerrison had somehow crammed into a 10ft gap in front of the orchestra. It was greeted with countless belly laughs and a

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Review
Sunday 15th
July 2012

BBC Proms: My Fair Lady, John Wilson Orchestra

“Let a woman in your life,” roars Professor Henry Higgins, “and your serenity is through. She’ll redecorate your home, from the cellar to the dome and then go on to the enthralling task of overhauling you.” It’s a scenario not unlike letting the winsome darling that is musical theatre loose among the club armchairs and

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Review
Monday 16th
July 2012

My Fair Lady BBC Prom Review – The Independent

After an opening fuelled by tokenism and filled to the brim with Edwardian sludge, the Proms redeemed themselves with a brilliant performance of the best-ever Broadway musical, followed by an authoritative account of a great Symbolist opera. Everything felt right as John Wilson led his orchestra in Andre Previn’s luxuriant scoring of the overture to

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Review
Sunday 15th
July 2012

By George, they did it!

I was invited by EMI to the world famous Abbey Road Studios this week for a sneak preview of ‘Rodgers & Hammerstein: At The Movies’ – the latest album from the effervescent John Wilson Orchestra and the Maida Vale Singers, featuring the glorious Sierra Boggess (Love Never Dies, Phantom of the Opera), Julian Ovenden (Death

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Review
Thursday 26th
January 2012

Screen Musicals and Movies – Gramophone

Adrian Edwards picks his favourite four from a recent batch of recordings taking their cue from the movie and TV screen.

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Review
Thursday 26th
January 2012

John Wilson MGM Thats Entertainment! – Metro

When this summer’s Proms season was announced, one of the first concerts to sell out was Hooray For Hollywood with the John Wilson Orchestra. And little wonder: at his two previous Proms appearances, Wilson had displayed a remarkable ability to combine the utmost discipline and rigour in his conducting of light music with an irresistible

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Review
Tuesday 20th
December 2011

Thats Entertainment – Gramophone Critics’ Choice 2011

This EMI release is a classy souvenir of the John Wilson Orchestra’s sensational 2009 Proms debut: entertainment of the highest calibre, including an irresistible selection of songs and sequences from the great MGM musicals. The deluxe presentation, a single CD within an 83-page hardback book, complements the brilliant performances.

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