|Conductor and arranger John Wilson formed the John Wilson Orchestra in 1994. The orchestra has an international reputation as a unique handpicked ensemble of some of the world’s finest musicians. The orchestra specialises in authentic concert performances of classic Hollywood film musical scores. Outside of 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’ starring Kevin Spacey as Bobby Darrin.
The orchestra has recorded critically acclaimed CDs for Vocalion including ‘This is The John Wilson Orchestra’, ‘Orchestral Jazz’, ‘Shall We Dance?’ ‘Soft Lights and Sweet Music’, ‘Moonlight Becomes You’, ‘Film and Television Music of Angela Morley’ and ‘Dance Date’. In addition the John Wilson Orchestra has collaborated on 2 recordings with Sir Paul McCartney. In 2011 the John Wilson Orchestra signed an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics (now Warner Classics) and released ‘That’s Entertainment – A Celebration of the MGM Film Musicals’.
In August 2009 the John Wilson Orchestra made its debut at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in a concert celebrating the 75th anniversary of the MGM Film musicals. The concert was broadcast live on British television. In August 2010 the orchestra performed a celebration of Rodgers & Hammerstein film musicals for the BBC Proms and returned to our TV screens in December 2010 with ‘Swingin Christmas’ for BBC Television starring Anna Jane Casey, Seth MacFarlane and Curtis Stigers which was broadcast on Christmas night. In the autumn of 2010 the orchestra performed its first national UK tour. In 2011 the John Wilson Orchestra returned to the BBC Proms with ‘Hooray For Hollywood’ and subsequently took the production on a national tour in the autumn of 2011. In July 2012 the John Wilson Orchestra performed a complete semi-staged production of My Fair Lady with the original film musical score for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall to outstanding critical acclaim and returned to the Royal Albert Hall in August 2012 ‘The Broadway Sound’ which was broadcast on BBC 2.
In August 2013 The John Wilson Orchestra returned to the Royal Albert Hall in a concert celebrating the golden era of Hollywood film composers and in October 2013 the John Wilson Orchestra made its debut in Los Angeles in a show celebrating the MGM film musicals. In August 2014 The John Wilson Orchestra returned to the BBC Proms to perform a complete production of Kiss Me Kate which was televised by the BBC on Christmas Day 2014. In the autumn of 2014 the John Wilson Orchestra released their new recording for Warner Classics ‘Cole Porter in Hollywood’ and the orchestra performed a national tour culminating at the Royal Albert Hall which was filmed for broadcast by SkyArts.
‘Technicolour for the ears? You better believe it’ – The Independent.
‘With the John Wilson Orchestra at its most dazzling in Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm” they could surely see the sparks fly over the Royal Festival Hall all the way from Hollywood’ – Financial Times December 2015.