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:
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!
‘Divided between film score theme tunes, dance numbers, and songs from musicals, the evening dazzled on every level.’
Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph
‘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’
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.
All photos: © BBC Chris Christodoulou
Rhapsody in Blue – Overture
Treat Me Rough, from Girl Crazy
You’d Be Hard To Replace, from The Barklays Of Broadway
I’ll Build A Stairway to Paradise, from Stairway to Paradise
Fascinatin’ Rhythm, from Lady, Be Good
They Can’t Take That Away From Me, from Shall We Dance
They All Laughed, from Shall We Dance
Shall We Dance? – Ballet suite
The Swing-Trot , from The Barkleys of Broadway
Funny Face, from Funny Face
Love Walked In, from The Goldwyn Follies
Let’s Kiss And Make Up, from Funny Face
In Our United State, from Give The Girl A Break
I Got Rhythm, from Girl Crazy
Long Ago And Far Away, from Cover Girl
S’Wonderful, from Funny Face
The Man That Got Away, from A Star is Born
An American in Paris – Ballet Suite
It’s A New World, from A Star is Born
Louise Dearman singer
Matthew Ford singer
Julian Ovenden singer
Maida Vale Singers
John Wilson Orchestra
John Wilson conductor