September 05, 2016

John Wilson Orchestra makes triumphant German debut at the Berlin Philharmonie

The orchestra brought the classic Hollywood sound to Berlin with its German premiere declared a rousing success.

The John Wilson Orchestra, the British ensemble bringing back the glory days of the Hollywood musical with its sumptuous signature sound, is already a much-loved fixture of the BBC Proms in London. The group has now made its highly-anticipated German debut on the stage of the Berlin Philharmonie as part of the Musikfest Berlin.

This vibrant concert of music, songs and arrangements from the golden era of Hollywood and the Metro Goldwyn Mayer Studios, championed a repertoire seldom performed by orchestras in Germany - resulting in a thunderous standing ovation and rave reviews, the Berliner Zeitung falling under the spell of this "charming music that is hard to resist: the first appearance of the ensemble in Berlin was an absolute success.”

The complete performance is available to watch in HD from the Berliner Philharmoniker Digital Concert Hall. Observant viewers will notice a surprise guest appearance from the Berlin Philharmonic's British maestro Sir Simon Rattle - on timpani!

The John Wilson Orchestra's latest album, Gershwin in Hollywood, continues the ensemble's love affair with musicals, this time through orchestral arrangements of favourites from The American Songbook.