Since 2009, John Wilson and his ever popular orchestra have brought the glitz and glamour of old-time stage and screen to the BBC Proms.

In 2016, marking their tenth Proms performance, John Wilson and his high-octane orchestra returned with three of the greatest West-End musical theatre stars Louise Dearman, Matthew Ford and Julian Ovenden, to celebrate the music of one of America’s most celebrated song-writing duos, George and Ira Gershwin.

Relive the highlights from this fabulous evening of music:

Gershwin Gala with the John Wilson Orchestra © BBC Chris Christodoulou

The partnership between composer George Gershwin and his lyricist brother Ira resulted in the creation of some of the best loved music of the 20th century.

Although the music celebrated in this concert is loved the world over, John Wilson could find only six out of the eighteen original scores. Having been lovingly recreated by Wilson via archives and transcribed from movie soundtracks, this concert was the first time the pieces had been performed live since their original recording!

Gershwin Gala with the John Wilson Orchestra © BBC Chris Christodoulou

‘Divided between film score theme tunes, dance numbers, and songs from musicals, the evening dazzled on every level.’
★★★★
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

Gershwin Gala with the John Wilson Orchestra © BBC Chris Christodoulou

‘Wilson’s genius, of course, lies in combining swing authenticity with the poise of a deluxe concert orchestra. The music of George and Ira Gershwin, so steeped in jazz sophistication, provided the ideal vehicle’
★★★★
The Times

Gershwin Gala with the John Wilson Orchestra © BBC Chris Christodoulou

Starting with the iconic Rhapsody in Blue Overture, and including They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Fascinatin’ Rhythm, the ballet music from the 1951 film An American in Paris and S’Wonderful, this outstanding evening ended with shouts of ‘bravo’ and ‘bravissimo’, claps and cheers in Applause, Applause.

Gershwin Gala with the John Wilson Orchestra © BBC Chris Christodoulou

Gershwin Gala with the John Wilson Orchestra © BBC Chris Christodoulou

All photos: © BBC Chris Christodoulou