The John Wilson Orchestra
Conductor and arranger John Wilson formed the John Wilson Orchestra in 1994. The orchestra is celebrated internationally for its performances and recordings of classic Hollywood film musicals, music for the silver screen and Broadway musicals. Outside the concert hall, the orchestra has contributed to sound track recordings for films including The Gathering Storm and in 2007 was nominated for a Grammy Award for ‘Best Soundtrack’ for Beyond the Sea.
In August 2009 the John Wilson Orchestra made its debut at the BBC Proms in a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the MGM Film musicals. The concert was broadcast live on British television by the BBC and has since been seen and heard by millions around the world. The orchestra has returned to the Proms every year since, with celebrations of Rodgers & Hammerstein film musicals (2010) ‘Hooray for Hollywood’ (2011), ‘The Broadway Sound’ (2012), ‘Hollywood Rhapsody’ (2013), ‘Cole Porter in Hollywood’ (2014), tributes for Frank Sinatra and Leonard Bernstein (2015), George and Ira Gershwin (2016), West Side Story in concert (2018) as well as semi-staged productions of My Fair Lady (2012), Kiss Me, Kate (2014) and Oklahoma! (2017).
In 2010 the orchestra signed an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics and released its debut recording That’s Entertainment. In a near-decade-long collaboration with Warner Classics, the orchestra has released a catalogue of celebrated recordings and received a prestigious ‘ECHO Klassik’ award for its recording Cole Porter in Hollywood.
The John Wilson Orchestra undertakes regular tours of all the major UK concert halls and appears internationally at the world’s leading festivals.